Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 44 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 44 Summary

Kunta spends four days in the hut, spread-eagle on the floor in chains. Each night he hears the black people singing and is bewildered again by their stupidity. Each morning, though, Kunta feels a special closeness to the sun, the same sun that rises in Africa. After praying as well as he can in that position, Kunta begins to inspect his chains and shackles. They cannot be broken. Kunta pays special attention to the small holes where “narrow metal things” are placed to make a “click” before the shackle opens. Desperately, Kunta tries to bite off his chains and cracks a tooth in the process.

Finally, the driver comes into the hut with a pair of shackles with a chain between them. These are meant to bind Kunta’s...

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