- During the four months that Kunta was at manhood training, his brothers havegrown a lot. It seems like the greatest event in one’s life in Juffure is becoming a man.The coolness of Nyo Boto to Kunta must have really hurt his feelings. Although he is aman, he should not be treated like that.
- This is a very interesting chapter where Kunta discovers the wonders of masturbation. He is just like all other fifteen year old guys. Good thing he now has the privacy of his own hut.
- Without his family around him all the time, Kunta now feels lonely and unwanted.He cannot fit in with the boys of Juffure or the Council of the Elders. He is at a difficult,transitional point in his life.
- I do not understand Binta’s reactions and treatment of Kunta as he becomes moreindependent. Is that not a good thing? Lamin is very fortunate to have an older brother that wishes him to experience different things in life like gold hunting.
- If Kunta hated the treatment his father showed him on their trip, why would hegive the same to Lamin? Gold hunting sounds very difficult, but well worth it. Binta musthave been thrilled at the gift her two oldest sons brought back for her.
- The village of Juffure has a very odd way of solving its problems. I cannot believethat two young men of Kunta’s kafo were given to older women just to sleep with them. Ifeel extremely sorry for the young girl who was raped by a white man.
- Kunta is working very hard to prepare for his voyage to Mali. I wonder who hewill meet there and if he will learn the trade of a blacksmith. Why, though, does he keephis trip secret from Binta and Omoro? Would they not help him prepare for his journey?
- I have felt since the beginning of the novel that Kunta would be taken by slavers, but I was still shocked. I thought that Kunta was an amazing hunter, so he should haveheard them. What horrors now await him with the toubob?
- Never before have I understood what was so terrible about the voyage fromAfrica. This is truly what makes slavery so terrible. So many men must have died in thedisgusting conditions on the boat.
- Kunta’s tragic please to Allah remind me of the explicit theme mentioned in the begging of the novel. For someone who believes that Allah will save him as long as hefollows the five pillars, this must be tragic. I do not think the poor slatee deserved to bekilled by the men.
- The descriptions of the conditions on the boat make me feel ill. I do notunderstand what is going on with the dancing and singing by the women on the boat. I amglad that Kunta is able to communicate with his neighbor however simple it is.
- The talk that takes place between the slaves, though complicated, is amazing.Even with all their talk of escaping, I doubt they will able to take the toubob. I fullyunderstand the anger with the Wolof at Allah, and I think he has every right to not believein a god who willed this upon him.
- The men are putting a lot of thought into their plans of escape; I just hope theycan decide upon one. The Wolof was foolish for attacking the toubob single handedly,though; I do admire his ability to take out so many by himself. If Kunta feels that stronglyabout those that have already died, why does he not throw himself over the rail like somany others?