Roots: The Saga of an American Family Chapter 62 Summary

Alex Haley

Chapter 62 Summary

Back at the Waller plantation, none of the slaves (Fiddler and Bell and the gardener included) can figure out why Kunta is acting so very strange. Even William Waller asks Kunta whether he is feeling okay. The reality is that Kunta was “rocked to the core” of his soul by his meeting with Boteng from Ghana. There is excitement about meeting a fellow African, yes. However, Kunta’s excited thoughts soon turn to dread when he can’t remember the names of any of the members of his own Mandinka tribe other than his family.

Over the years, Kunta seems to have forgotten everyone. “Without even realizing it, Kunta had forgotten who he was.” Kunta becomes more and more irritated by slaves such as Bell, Fiddler, and the...

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