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					The Epic of Son-Jara

     Presentation By:
     Matt Donaldson
         Jon Hill
      Nick Osnowitz
       Beth Walsh
                             History
◊   Son-Jara was the first king/hero
    of the Mande people in what is
    now present day West Africa.
◊   He is an important historical
    figure even though there has
    never been written records of
    him. The story has been passed
    down orally for generations.
◊   The earliest reference was in
    the 15th century by an Arab
    historian.
◊   The Manding empire was
    founded around 1235
                    Culture
◊ Oral traditions
  • Griots
     ◊ Results in multiple versions of the story
◊ Three genres
  • Praise poetry
  • Songs
  • Call and response
Brief Summary
          Theme?
◊ What is it?
◊ How did you come about your
  decision?
◊ Agree?
◊ Disagree?
    Our Thoughts on Theme
◊ Growing up and overcoming adversity.
◊ Good vs. Evil
                 Theories
◊   Esau and Jacob?
◊   Is’mail and Isac?
◊   Cain and Able?
◊   Adam?
◊   Lion King?
◊   Homer
    • Odysseus and Son Jara
     Things to Think About
◊ The role of women in the story.
◊ Coincidence: 9 years of not walking
  compared to 9 years in the womb of his
  mother.
◊ The 9 Queens of Darkness.
◊ Sugulun: his sister.
                   Bibliography
◊ Johnson, John W. The Epic of Son Jara. New York: W. W.
       Norton & Company, 2002.
◊ "English 203 Unit 10- Son Jara." Jan: Northern
       Arizona University Faculty/Staff Web Server. Web. 28 Aug.
       2009. <http://jan.ucc.nau.edu/~jgr6/203/unit10/index.
       htm>.
◊ "The Epic of Son-Jara." West Texas A&M University. Web. 28
       Aug. 2009.
       <http://homedirs.wtamu.edu/~dwerden/ENGL23
       71/Son-JaraSum&Chara.html>.

				
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