The novel immediately projects the fear and misunderstanding felt by the people of Bambara due to the unexpected early changes that are taking place in Africa. “A white man...There’s a white man on the bank of the Joliba” is exclaimed by Dousika’s pregnant wife Sira (Conde 5). The family is instantly struck with a curious mind but also one that is uneasy. The sight of this white man causes great despair already for the man of the house Dousika: “White men come and live in Segu among the Bambara? It seemed impossible, whether they were friends or enemies!”(Conde 10). The unexpected appearance of this white ...
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...buted to the downfall of certain empires and traditions. In Segu, these historical events affected this family greatly in both positive and negative ways. The interest that Tiekoro took in the Islamic religion directly affected the other three brothers to be intertwined with a new religion, trade, or slavery. For these four brothers the quick expansion of Islam and trade lead them astray from their home and heart. One sequence of events directly contributed to the fate of his siblings but perhaps this “[m]isfortune is like a child in its mother’s womb: nothing can stop it being born. It grows invisibly stronger and stronger; its network of veins and arteries develops. Then one day it appears in a deluge of uncleanness, water and blood” (Conde 66).
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