Sundiata: an Epic of Old Mali Essay

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“Sundiata: an Epic of Old Mali”: A Character Analysis of Sundiata. Sundiata is an oral epic passed from griot to griot. D.T. Niane’s Sundiata contains many powerful characters. Throughout the story Niane uses the strength and weaknesses of his characters to show the importance of destiny and fate. The character that holds his name to the story, Sundiata, is the son of King Maghan Kon Katta and the “buffalo” woman. Sundiata was prophesized to be a great leader and to save the people of Mali. Sundiata must go through a series of tests and trials, before fulfilling his destiny and taking throne of Mali. Though Sundiata road to greatness he had to deal with overcoming many different obstacles. Such as him being disable until the age of seven.…show more content…
People had seen one-eyed kings, one –armed kings, and lame kings, but a stiff –legged king had never been heard tell of. No matter how great the destiny promised for Mari Djata might be, the throne could not be given to someone who had no power in his legs; if the jinn loved him, let them begin by giving him the use of his legs.”(67). The harsh remarks to Sundiata’s mother broke her spirit, she had of her son becoming the next king of Mali despite the prophecy. At the age of seven Sundiata still crawled while the other kids his age flourished. However, all of these challenges Sundiata had to faced created his character. Sundiata’s vulnerability makes his accomplishments even more special because he was so difference from everyone else within the Mali town. In addition to Sundiata’s vulnerability he was very courageous. Not only was Sundiata being laughed at for not being able to walk, his mother also had to deal with the misfortune of being embarrassed by her son. In Sundiata’s and his mother’s worst times he found a way to overcome his biggest obstacle. “Oh son of misfortune, will you never walk? Through your fault I have suffered the greatest affront of my life! What have I done, God, for you to punish me in this way?” (67). Sundiata then found the courage to walk, “Standing in the position of a soldier at ease, Sogolon Djata, supported by his enormous rod, was sweating great beads of sweat. Balla Fasseke song had alerted the whole palace and people came
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