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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Curse: Themes and Values

THEMES

These are some of the themes found in the novel:

LOVE

The message of love is reiterated throughout the story.

Parental Love:
   Both Saleh Abdullah and his wife love Madhuri dearly like their own biological child.
   Azreen’s inner conflict to garner her father’s love and affection. She always perceives the father as having greater love towards her sister, Madhuri.

Forbidden Love:
   Mohd. Asraf and Madhuri secretly loves each other that eventually led to Madhuri’s   death.

Unrequited Love:
    Azreen had a crush on Mohd. Asraf during school days.


FORGIVENESS

Before the Old Lady draws her last breath, she advises Azreen to forgive others. When Azreen discovers that it was her father who murdered Madhuri, she felt no anger or resentment towards him.


VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

The story portrays how some men believe women to be the weaker sex and they are violent towards them. For instance, the Old Lady’s husband was abusive towards her and repetitively abused her. He hit and kicked her.


GENDER STEREOTYPING

Through the novel, gender stereotyping is portrayed through how females should behave. This can be seen especially through Azreen. For example, Azreen’s school friends start to cast suspicious eyes towards her when she behaves unlady-like. She plays hockey with the boys and even “laughs like a bunch of hyenas” with them. To them, as a woman, Azreen is not expected to be tomboyish and hangs too closely with boys.


BELIEF IN THE SUPERNATURAL

The villagers seem to believe in supernatural. For example, many villagers call upon Awang, the village shaman to avert disasters. In another instance, Puan Normala tries to convince the villagers that the village is cursed since Madhuri’s blood is white.


FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN

The villagers are puzzled about how Madhuri died. However, no one actually investigates the incident which is covered up well by Haji Ghani and his followers. In another instance, the villagers assume that the Old Lady is an evil witch that can turn anyone into squirrels or rats. Due to this assumption, the villagers outcast the Old Lady.



VALUES

These are some of the values found in the novel:

CARING

Madhuri shields her sister, Azreen, from being punished by her father.

Madhuri helps Azreen to mend their mother’s favourite rattan basket which Azreen broke while collecting durians.


STANDING UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN

Being persistent in getting to the truth is highlighted especially through Azreen. She refuses to believe that Madhuri’s death was merely an accident. She finds clues that complete the puzzle.


RESPONSIBILITY

Azreen repairs the trampled bed of vegetables and brings back fresh vegetables and seeds to replace the ones destroyed vegetables that belong to the Old Lady.


DILIGENCE

Azreen diligently repairs the trampled bed of lady’s fingers outside the Old Lady’s house.


CONCERN

When Azreen refuses to eat her dinner after being caned by her father and scolded by her mother, Madhuri consoles and coaxes her to eat.

Mohd. Asraf advises Azreen not to reveal about Madhuri’s death to her sickly mother who assumes that Madhuri is still alive.


BRAVERY

When Encik Mohan and his sons harshly reprimand Mohd. Asraf for carelessly letting their bull escape, Azreen braves herself to come to Mohd. Asraf’s defence. She tells them not to blame Mohd. Asraf without any evidence.



LOYALTY

Shows her loyalty to her friend Mohd. Asraf by taking the blame calmly and bravely for the accident that involves her dad and mum.


PERSISTENCE

Madhuri and Azreen continue working on the rattan basket in their bedroom. Even when their parents return home, they excuse themselves quietly and forgo dinner to weave a new basket to match the original in their dimly lit room.


THOUGHTFULNESS

Mak Cik Sharifah and her husband, Azreen’s foster parents, leave behind two throw pillows from their car for Azreen to sleep on in her mother’s house. They are also thoughtful enough to leave her two bottles of water, some fruits and a bag of disposable toiletries.


HELPFUL

Siti obliges to help Mohd. Asraf take care of his sick mother while Mohd. Asraf goes out to get some traditional medicine. Siti keeps an eye on the sick woman whom she is quite fond of.





10 comments:

  1. thank you so much!! really need this right now..;)

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  2. thank you sooo much...use for the exam tomorrow..huhu..:)))

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  3. nur nabilah farhanaAugust 1, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    thank u vry much,,,rely need this coz my teacher wnt me to present at class,,thnk a lot...

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  4. thx , really need this now..
    am using it for tomorrow trial ^^

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  5. thank you there!! really need it :)

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  6. thanks ... really need this for note ... n exam tomorrow ...

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  7. Thank you! Wish me luck for SPM 2012!

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  8. thanks for this note . :D
    >>tomorrow exam . ;)

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