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Trees have been often used as powerful images in literature to represent various meanings The imagery of trees has been used to represent various themes such as life re-growth and possession In the books Heirs to the Past by Driss Chraibi and The Dark Child by Camara Laye trees have been used to represent different elements and ideas both directly and ambiguously The arboreal elements in both books play a significant role in the imagery often as metaphors or to set the general ambience of the scene Driss Chraibi uses the imagery of trees to illustrate the role of the Seigneur in Driss life Driss emotions towards the Seigneur and as a personal identity of Driss How I recognized the square from my childhood but not one tree remained Only the iron cagings were still there and they were almost a symbol The Seigneur is the head of the family and is respected by all who know him The iron cagings are defining the Seigneurs territory as a leader and as the head of the family At the time there are no trees for the Seigneur is dead no trees are left in Driss native land or in his heart The reason that the author chooses trees is because even though the Seigneur is tough as he has authority and power he provided hope to many of the locals he was a provider and our dignity and still flexible as a trees branch Chraibi 30 Throughout the book there is a consistent use of the imagery of trees to represent the Seigneurs relationship to Driss During the Seigneurs funeral the scene is opened with references to trees which are used as images of life and contradict the funeral theme of death The presence of the canary on the tree is connecting Driss to his father for once the funeral procession starts the canary leaves the procession symbolizing the freedom of the
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