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CHARACTERS Which character do you like best in the novel you have read? Give reasons why you like the character, using the information from the novel to support your answer. In the Curse by Lee Su Ann, I like Azreen, the heroine. She is a fiery-tempered girl who always speaks her mind and is often seen as ‘rude, hateful and grateful.’ Azreen is caring and loves her wheelchair-bound mother who is sometimes forgetful and smile. She loves the Old Lady very much although others resent her actions. She is loyal and protective when she slaps the girl who mimics her mother’s way of walking with crutches. She fights anyone who makes remarks against the Old Lady. She protects Asraf by taking the blame for something he had done. She cares little about what happens to her but is absolutely loyal to her friends. She is tomboyish and plays games with the village boys happily. She also fights the boys if she thinks they are nasty. She does not try to act feminine to gain attention. She acts exactly the way she thinks. She loves Asraf but does not try to win him. She prefers to be silent about her feelings for him and hence suffers within herself. She shows great strength of character and I like her for her strong opinions and caring ways.
Based on the novel you have read, write about a character that you dislike. Support your answer with information from the novel. Sample 1 In ‘The Curse’ by Lee Su Ann, the character I dislike is Normala, the village gossiper. Everyone dislikes her for spreading stories. She is called the ‘slimy cobra with a three-forked tongue’ by Siti and the ‘snake of a woman’ by Asraf. Normala happily spreads stories about Madhuri and claims that she was murdered. Normala is seen as wicked and mean by the villagers. Normala claims that she saw the body of Madhuri and that she saw white blood on her. She tells people about the bad relationship between the two sisters and adds fuel to the burning gossipy issues of the village. All these gossipy tidbits added spice and sauce to the stories that were circulating in the village. Normala is superstitious and easily frightened by all that she sees and hears. She strongly believes that the village is cursed and that they all will suffer. At the funeral, Normala takes great pains to inform the womenfolk of all the goings-on in the village. Normala has a group of women hanging on to her every word and absolutely enjoys being the center of attention. People like Normala can be irresponsible and harmful for they can be malicious with their gossipy words. Sample 2 A character that I despise in this novel is Encik Saleh. In this novel, he is Azreen’s father. My reason for despising him is that he fails to display fairness. Through his actions we know that since young he has always favoured Madhuri, Azreen’s older sister. He often misjudges and metes out severe punishments for any misdeeds committed by Azreen. For example, in the bull incident which caused his wife to lose the use of her leg, he blames Azreen and punishes her for it. We know that the actual culprit is Awang the bomoh. In another incident without prior investigation, he accuses her of stealing mangosteens from the rubber plantation when actually she had picked the fallen fruits. Hence, it is not surprising why she hates him. I also despise him because he failes to admit and come to terms with the fact that Azreen is a replica of him, she has similar traits such as being stubborn and independent just like him. He is also a very uncommunicative father who hides his feelings and fails to shower any love on Azreen. His responses have always been in the form of grunts, grumbles and shouts. Another reason why I despise him is that he carries on a charade after murders Madhuri. He does not tell anyone about
Soemtimes. She is remarkable and highly-spirited character who speaks her mind and acts spontaneously against injustice. The Curse the character I sympathise with is Madhuri. One day the village headman. She pays little heed to other people or their opinions about her. Support your answer with information from the novel. She was then adopted by Encik Saleh and his wife. She slaps the girl who mimics her mother’s way of walking with crutches. Madhuri’s mother then went mad and left Madhuri in the paddy fields unprotected. And her thirst to know the truth of the stories flying in the village. Azreen acts instinctively. They planned to leave the village to be together. she was lucid and even told Azreen to warn Madhuri of the danger she was in. The Curse. Support your answer with information from the novel. In the novel. Azreen’s mother was wheelchair-bound due to accidents and she also had Alzheimer’s disease. Later Madhuri fell in love with Asraf. Back home with her parents. Soemtimes. is about Azrren who returned home from her studies in London to mourn the loss of her sister whose death was shrouded in mystery. Azreen showed good characters traits in her approach to her parents and the Old Lady. he is responsible for covering up the murder but not for long. Throughout all this. In his rage. Azreen is determined to find out what happened to Madhuri and asks the people around her. At first Madhuri and Azreen were close. She throws stones at children who disagree with her. I feel that Madhuri did not deserve this. she became confused thinking that Azreen was Madhuri and forgetting that Madhuri was not around anymore. Furthermore. Based on the novel you have read. She led a sad life even though she was a good person. He goes about his daily affairs and does not reveal the truth even to his loved ones. Give reasons why you feel sympathy for the character. ASraf. The novel. However when they became older Azreen grew jealous of the more popular Madhuri. Unfortunately her father found out before they could leave. all Madhuri wanted was happiness in her life but fate denied her this happiness. Madhuri could have died if she had not been found by Encik Saleh. When she was a baby her father abandoned her mother and her. He took Madhuri as his second wife. Later the couple had adaughter of their own Azreen. Though she felt her parents favoured Madhuri more than her. he murdered her as he felt that she had sinned. She loves the Old Lady very much and goes to see her although others resent her actions. Haji Ghani heard her singing at an event and fell for her. Azreen is childish at times in her retaliatory acts but determined always to be herself. The first wife did not treat her well. Madhuri was a good singer. The rumours also fuel her curiosity and she is torn by her love for her sister. Describe a character that you sympathise with in the novel you have read. She protects Asraf by saying that she left the farm gates open and takes the blame for the nasty accident that robs her mother of her leg. More so. She fights against the Old Lady and spends hours with her despite comments from villagers.his crime of passion. She was caring . The person who has strong determination in The Curse by Lee Su Ann is Azreen. She believes in justice and fairness and stands up for the underdog and underprivileged. Explain how that helped or deterred him or her in his or her character development . Azreen was patient with her mother. I am sure Madhuri would have felt hurt that her younger sister was jealous of her as she had done nothing to cause the jealousy. she did not waver in her love for them. Unfortunately Haji Ghani’s first wife resented the younger woman. Like everyone else. the boy Azreen liked. Describe the character in the story who shows strong character traits. was in love with Madhuri. She feels resentful that her father buried her murdered sister even before she could see her. write about a character who you feel possesses strong determination.
Azreen finds out that it was her father who killed her on discovering that she had a lover. The Old Lady also always advises Azreen against fighting with anyone whenever she sees injustice. Azreen has changed for the better. Which character in the novel you have read changes from the better as the story progresses? Give reasons for your answer. Azreen’s father dies of heart attack. Azreen returns to Langkawi for her sister’s funeral and goes through a whole set of experiences that are tragic and painful. She would visit the Old Lady as often as she could and entertained her with stories and able to listen to her stories. PLOT . Azreen is also very open with her emotions when talking to the Old Lady regarding her parents’ motorcycle accident. Give examples of how they supported each other. Azreen had always been attracted to Asraf and when she returns she finds that Asraf actually loved her sister Madhuri. The change in her is subtle as the experiences she undergoes are highly charged with emotion. She proved to be a good friend to Mohd Asraf although the latter did not return her feelings. Azreen turns to her whenever she needs to find solace or advice. Madhuri’s birth mother attempts to kill Azreen’s father on realizing that he had killer her daughter. She also urges Azreen to be patient for the truth will be revealed sooner or later. The Old Lady who lived in the forest brought out Azreen’s caring and respectful traits. the Old Lady is Azreen’s pillar of support even though she is shunned and feared by the villagers who believe that she is an evil witch. In The Curse by Lee Su Ann. both the guilty and the innocent will get hurt. Azreen finds comfort in the Old Lady’s wisdom and often confides in her. Write about how the characters supported each other. There is hope that she can find love and a new beginning in England. She refuses to go home and would rather spend the night at the Old Lady’s house because she feels more comfortable there. She respected the Old Lady and often listened to her advice. This is evident when Azreen finds that her worries slip away while she is with the Old Lady and she is able to laugh for the first time since her arrival from London. respectful and patient especially towards those who cared for her. Almost always. Azreen also runs to the Old Lady after the fire incident that almost consumed Madhuri’s room. her friend in Englang had always been attentive to her before and only when she returns to England does she realize that ‘there was something different about him’. Julian. The Old Lady cautions Azreen not to end up like her. after the Old Lady told Azreen that Madhuri was murdered. she tries to help Azreen to see thigns from a different perspective and to help her understand why her sister’s death had to be covered up. He was more interested in Madhuri. Madhuri has been murdered and suspicion rests on many people. She explains that speculation would lead to an investigation and in the end. using information from the novel. This is an awakening for Azreen who is shocked by the turn of events. Azreen helped Mohd Asraf out of sticky situation when he was accused of wrongsoing by a farmer. Azreen has always blamed herself for her mother’s loss of her leg but finds out she was not the cause of it. She speaks more comfortably with the Old Lady than with her own parents. She had always been an outspoken and frank person but all these experiences subdue he spirit. loving. Furthermore. Azreen showed that friendship was important and should be cherished and nurtured. But even before she can do anything. But. being wrongly accused and isolated because she refuses to tell the truth about her husband’s abusive behavior.even when her father gave her the silent treatment. Azreen was hot-tempered and impatient with people who were insincere and gossipy. deep down she was caring. Azreen befriended the Old Lady and they became good friends. In the novel ‘The Curse’.
Normala. THEME Write about a theme that you can relate to in your daily life . The question of who could have killed her keeps the flow of the novel going and the suspense keeps the reader on edge. A shadow of fear and pall seemed to hang over the village. They were not willing to tell her the circumstances surrounding Madhuri’s death.Using details from the novel you have studied. Darting in and out of sight was a shadowy figure of a woman who looked more ghostly than human. in the past. Bomoh Awang had his own spiritual way of dealing with the trying situation. Her meeting with Mohd asraf also made her recall their schooling days and past relationship. The Curse. the murder of Madhuri. Describe an interesting event in the novel you have read. do you think the plot is easy to follow? The novel. the story has an interesting plot. Madhuri’s sister who is studying in London returns and the whole village is abuzz with rumours. A theme from ‘The curse’ is about the negative effects of rumours and hearsay. These flashbacks are based on events that happened too far back so they tend to confuse the reader. All in. She kept confusing Azreen for Madhuri and at times was lucid enough to tell Azreen to ward Madhuri of danger. To make matters worse. The latter provided a shoulder for her to voice her thoughts and feelings of the past and the present. Give examples of the theme that you have chosen. Azreen was met at the airport by her uncle and aunt. The suspense and mystery behind Madhuri’s death was solved. This was followed by Mohd Asraf’s grandmother who passed away peacefully too while Old Lady died when her house caught fire. The first wife of Ghani the headman hated her for usurping her place. Elements of suspense. The murder gave rise to a lot of talk and speculation as Madhuri was the second wife of the village headman. there were four more deaths. describe the plot of the story and explain how he or she handled the problems. Salleh Abdullah died of a heart attack. Azreen. Azreen recalled the happy times she spent as a rebellious teenager with her sister. For example. witchcrafts and a bit of comedy are intertwined in the plot and this tends to make the story shallow in certain parts. Asraf who was attracted to her right from the beginning wanted her to run away from her husband. With close reference to the text. In addition. Hence the explosive undercurrents come to the forefront in the face of this event. Support your answer with information from the novel. Azreen is torn between her love for her sister and her jealousy for the beautiful sister who was everything that she was not. Give reasons why you find the event interesting. A young worker in the rubber estate finds the dead body of Madhuri and this triggers off a series of actions in the island of Langkawi. is about Azreen who returned home from her studies in London to mourn the loss of her sister whose death was shrouded in mystery. The discovery of the real murderer and the subsequent events sustain the interest in the story well. are quite happy to be spreading rumours among the villagers that Azreen heted her sister even at the funeral. In the midst of it all was the stabilizing factor in Azreen’s life – the Old Lady. Some felt that the village was cursed. Azreen noticed the womenfolk talking suspiciously of what had happened. Gossip is basically idle talk that goes bad if one is not careful enough but malicious gossip is even more dangerous because it does the most damage. Madhuri’s body was hurriedly laid to rest. People like the village gossip. On the fifth day. An interesting event in The Curse by Lee Su ann is the murder of Madhuri. Azreen’s mother passed away peacefully. The plot attempts to run in chronological order but most of the time is interspersed with flashbacks as the characters think back to past events. the villagers’ constant . Saleh Abdullah looked visibly upset while while her mother was lost in a world of her own. The sightings of a mystery woman add to the excitement too. The story was not easy to follow as the reader has to be aware that there are flashbacks.
However. Finally. especially if they are untrue. how Mohd Asraf loses Madhuri and his grandmother. But he did not appreciate her deed due to the many happenings in the village. He hopes that she will come to his house. and how the mysterious woman loses her daughter. Puan Normala warned that a curse will befall the village by claiming that the incessant rain was caused by the Old Lady coming into the village even though she came only to cure Nek. too. Nek. Puan Fatihah feels like she is slowly losing her husband after Madhuri’s death. In the novel ‘The Curse’. First. some of the villagers found out about it and they think that all the bad incidents happening around the village is due to her presence. The confrontation between them and the Old Lady ended tragically with her house being burnt down and her untimely death. The villagers continued to spread wrong information about the Old Lady by saying that she will cast a spell or kill those who trespass on her property. Nek passed away and the neighbours convinced Mohd Asraf that the Old Lady was to blame. Madhuri’s death is felt by her husband. Hope is the feeling of wanting something you desire to come true. Descibe what hope means to the different characters. His anger leads to the Old Lady’s house being burned down and her death. Madhuri is married to Haji Ghani. Haji Ghani. Mohd Asraf’s grandmother. another character. as he wields his parang. he left without eating what she had cooked for him. His loss is coupled with the fear that his late wife’s memory may be tainted with shame and he will be laughed at if people find out that Madhuri has a secret lover. Madhuri. Madhuri. Give examples of what hope means to the characters that you have chosen. the truth about her sister’s adoption . Mohd Asraf also experiences the loss of his grandmother. She gathered some of her neighbours and convinced them to drive the Old Lady out of the village.gossiping had caused the Old Lady to move to the jungle because they thought that she was a crazy woman who killed her husband in cold blood. Azreen loses her sister. Her parents have always compared her and Madhuri and often favour Madhuri instead of her. All a person can do is to ignore them and the rumours will die off as soon as another juicier one comes along”. She plans to confess everything to her husband and get his permission to release her. She hopes to win his affections again by cooking a breakfast feast for him. Throughout the novel. Sadly. Asraf hopes that Madhuri is right that her husband is a reasonable person who wants the best for her and she will ultimately be released from the marriage. not long after the Old Lady had cured Nek. She also quietly blames Madhuri for the emotional damage she had to endure. Describe the effects of loss experienced by the characters. it strikes Madhuri and kills her. we are constantly reminded of how rumours can turn bad and how they can lead to destruction or a tragic conclusion. Madhuri also plans to revela everything to her parent s about their relationship. her father. he is angry and decides to confront the Old Lady. Unfortunately. Due to the neighbours’ claims thath Nek was poisoned by the Old Lady. Saleh Abdullah catches Madhuri and ASraf together in the rubber estate and he wanted to go after Asraf. Sadly. This caused him to try very hard to cover up her death and to make it look like an accident. As stated by the Old Lady: “Rumours can be damaging even if they are untrue. when she was murdered. instead. Due to Asraf’s ailing grandmother. she does not feel sad. They failed to understand and consider the reason behind the act and it caused the Old Lady to live alone for the rest of her life in the jungle. their hope of being together is dashed when Madhuri’s father discovers the truth before she could explain everything to him. In addition. Give examples of the loss/losses experienced by the characters. only numbness. the loss of Azreen’s entire family reveals the truth behind many incidents like the motorcycle accident that caused her mother to lose a leg. The effect of loss experienced by the characters in ‘The Curse’ is particularly conveyed through the deaths of their loved ones – how Azreen loses her sister. MOhd Asraf and Madhuri are in love and they hope to be together when Asraf leaves for Kuala Lumpur for a teaching course. he forced himself to visit the Old Lady and ask her cure his grandmother. However.
But because she learned to accept the truth and to forgive. The story does teach a few interesting and useful moral lessons. those emotions would have consumed her and made her life worse. although the truth may not be what everyone wants to hear. In the novel ‘The Curse’. She only gets angry or speaks her mind when others hurt the people she cares about. the village bomoh and not from her own parents. In the epilogue. it ended with Azreen learning the truth about a lot of things surrounding her siste’s death. The Curse the lesson that I learnt is that we must be tolerant and be less judgemental towards others.and death. especially about Madhuri and Mohd Asraf. I feel this is unfair as Azreen is not like her sister. Although the truth was difficult to handle for Azreen. Azreen does care for her the people she love. If she allowed hatred. Somehow. she was able to smile at the end. In the novel. MORAL VALUES/LESSONS What are the lessons that you have learned from the ending? Give reasons why you think the lessons are important. Azreen for example is misunderstood by the villagers. Azreen’s character teaches us to be strong. Malay culture and way of life in a small village. We should not judge . It was a very sad for Azreen too because she had to cope with the deaths of the Old Lady and her parents. The villagers label her as evil because she killed her husband. Another lesson I learned is that we should not do things in anger. anger and other negative emotions to take over. From the ending of the novel. All of us are different. It unravels her buried feelings of quiet resentment against her father and sister. They did not trust her enough to tell her the truth. it is always best to tell the truth because it helps people to find inner peace and to be truly happy. Azreen learned to forgive. Azreen was shocked and disappointed to hear that madhuri was not her real sister from Awang. The same goes for Azreen when she returned to London. I learned that forgiveness is the key to finding inner peace and strength. Having a temper does not mean that the person is bad. What is the most important lesson you have learnt from the novel you have read? Give reasons to support your answer. hateful and ungrateful. Rumour mongering and gossiping are two bad habits which one should not indulge in. From the story which has elements of suspense. bold and upright in order to withstand vicious gossips and to fight injustice like how she defended the Old Lady. I have learned a few lessons. Instead of sympathizing with her they instead perceived her as evil. The theme of forgiveness and the importance of the truth resonate throughout the ending of the novel. Azreen managed to cope with all those unfortunate events. Asraf and the villagers then go to her house to confront her. The Old Lady killed her husband because he abused her. This resulted in the Old Lady losing her life in a fire. I learned that sometimes. Mohd asraf confronted the Old Lady over the death of his grandmother. She is fierytempered and is not afraid to speak her mind. her father being Madhuri’s murderer. Family relationships should be built on trust and understanding. Asraf later regrets what he has done but unfortunately the past cannot be changed. The villagers therefore label her as rude. therefore we must accept each person as they are and not judge them. and her father’s role in her sister’s death. and how Madhuri was not her real sister. I also feel the Old Lady in the novel is unfairly judged. it helps a person to move on despite having gone through negative situations. In the end. Madhuri who is sweettempered. Azreen went back to London to continue her studies. Later she helped Asraf’s grandmother to get better but later the grandmother died. Azreen seems to have come to terms with her loss and it has enabled her to heal. Un fortunately Asraf causes an accident and the Old Lady dies. It is important to note that in the end.
Later in the novel. He abuses Azreen and kills Madhuri because he believes they have sinned. However when they grew older she began to feel jealous of Madhuri because people started comparing them and made unkind remarks towards Azreen. Saleh. he cannot accept it. is to always be rational. People have reasons for acting the way they do and unless we really know them and their situations. Different people have different characteristics. He too fails to think rationally. They label Azreen as rude and ungrateful just because she speaks her mind. Here they persuade and convince him that the Old Lady is responsible for Nek’s death. Write about the value of rational thinking as portrayed in the novel. prejudices and superstitious beliefs then one is bound to become a victim of irrational thinking. How is this message portrayed in this novel? Support your answer by citing examples from the text. In English there is a common proverb which says that we must think before we leap. The story also explores the need to be tolerant of others. she ended up being resentful and angry with him. However. towards the end of the story she forgives Asraf and finally finds peace. Even though he was an educated man. Surprisingly. If Azreen had not been jealous of Madhuri. the innocent Old Lady’s house is burnt to the grouind and she dies a tragic death. The three main moral values found in the novel. He unthinkingly slashes Madhuri with his sharp parang. This story has successfully showcased such thinking amongst some of the village folk. Azreen’s father too should have shown more love towards Azreen instead of being so hard on her all the time. When Azreen was young she loved her sister. they judged and sentence her without further investigation. It is clear that if one allows oneself to be ruled by emotions. Mohd Asraf did not think things through before acting. Support your answer with close reference to the text. In the end. When he discovers that Madhuri is having an affair. her life would have been spared. Madhuri. are to love one another to forgive each other and to be tolerant towards others. The people of the village too should be able to tolerate others. we should not make judgements on them. Therefore we must be tolerant towards people. asa a . However. In a fit of anger he commits a crime of passion. The Curse. they unanimously decide to chase her away from the village and brand her an ‘evil witch’. One of the moral values highlighted in the novel. In the addition. One example of irrational thinking is when the villagers discovers the Old Lady of the forest killed her husband. the Old Lady is accused of poisoning Nek. This goes to show that MOhd Asraf let his emotions get in the way of rational thinking. She must learn to be more patient with everyone around her. In this story a few characters made the mistake of acting before thinking. In the novel.others and their actions. “Think before you act”. leads a mob of emotional and angry people to Mohd Asraf’s house. Puan Normala. killing her. The other example is Encik saleh. It simply means that we must think carefully and rationally before we make any decisions. The Curse written by Lee Su Ann. If only he had allowed himself some time to think carefully and given Madhuri the chance to explain anything. Azreen was jealous of Madhuri because she is loved and admired by everyone including Asraf. the village gossip. He allowed himself to be influenced by Puan Normala’s instigation that Nek was poisoned by the Old Lady. Saleh as the father of the two girls too is not tolerant of his daughters. Azreen is quick to react to what she sees as unfair. For example. because of the way he acted towards Azreen. she would have remained close to her sister. Instead of offering her sympathy and empathy. he failed to make a connection that Nek’s death had nothing to do with the Old Lady’s treatment but perhaps it was time for her to depart. This results in him making the decision to follow the mob to torch the Old Lady’s house. Describe three main moral values in the story. Azreen’s family fell apart because of the lack of love. Due to all this anger and jealousy she was miserable.
Sadly. Saleh had a heart attack and dies. She and her father have a difficult relationship while her mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s. the Old Lady’s house is burnt to the ground and she dies a tragic death. She. Madhuri’s real mother. Saleh himself dies of heart attack before Madhuri’s mother could do anything to him. he ends up killing his own daughter. he fails to control his anger and emotions. At the end of the story. Haji Ghani and the villagers. Write about the ending of the story. In short. curses and disasters will befall the village. Madhuri’s real mother had gone mad after her husband left her. She abandoned her baby in the paddy fields. knew all along that Madhuri was murdered by her adopted father. In Julian she sees a kind and good person with whom she may have a new beginning. It leaves the reader with hope for better things. Madhuri has died from an accident. As a result. It is not a happy ending bu tit leaves the reader with hope that things will be better and that maybe Azreen will find a happier life somewhere. The grief was endured not only by himself but also by Madhuri’s husband. on seeing her. ENDING Using details from the novel you have read state whether you like or dislike the ending of the story. This emotional act brought grief to many people – the guilt and the innocent. Azreen had loved him since secondary school but he does not have feelings for her. At her village she hears rumours that her sister was actually murdered. The ending is sad because so many tragic things have happened but the end of the novel promises a new beginning for Azreen. Despite all the pain and tragedy she went through she is able to put everything behind her. Another related incident where rational thinking fails to be practiced is Encik Saleh’s crime of passion. Azreen had lost her parents and Madhuri whom she thought of as sister. Azreen sadly realizes that there is nothing left for her in Langkawi and leaves for England where Julian is waiting. Azreen also finds out that Madhuri was not her real sister. however. The Curse because it is encouraging and full of hope. MOhd Asraf’s act of torching the Old Lady’s house is totally irrational. As a aresult of his rage. probably to kill him. Azreen going home to Langkawi from London where she is studying. he fails to display rational thinking. The man whom she had loved quietly for a long time had loved Madhuri and not her. The white blood seen on Madhuri was the latex that had stained the murder weapon. We know that Saleh murdered Madhuri because he found out about her plans to run away with Asraf. Later she goes to Azreen’s house with a parang. Towards the end of the story we find out that Madhuri was actually murdered by her father because he found out about her infidelity. Despite Azreen’s pleas. We are also introduced to Asraf. All the puzzles are sorted out and solved to some extent. Azreen has no family left except for her foster family. After the tragedy. The story starts with the lead character. Madhuri was the second wife of the village headman. I like the ending of the novel. numerous matters are resolved in the end. he leaves Langkawi for Kuala Lumpur to take up a teaching course there. In the Curse by Lee Su Ann. However. She then returns to London to start a new life and possibly a romance too. We are later introduced to Azreen’s parents. Describe what happens at the end of the novel and explain why you find the ending either sad or happy. who was still roaming the village. Give reasons for your answer. does not live for long. She soon finds out that Asraf and Madhuri were in love and were planning to run away. The mysterious woman who was none other than Madhuri’s mother. Do you think the ending is suitable? .teacher. he riled into agreeing with the mob that they must chase the Old Lady for good otherwise misfortune. She has been informed that her sister.
The novel. After all. is about Azreen who returns home from her studies in London to mourn the loss of her sister whose death is shrouded in mystery. Malay culture and way of life. the latter and his wife had looked after Madhuri very well and Madhuri. the suspense and mystery behind Madhuri’s death was solved. Towards the end of the story. is about Azreen who returns home from her studies in London to mourn the loss of her sister whose death is shrouded in mystery. My friend would enjoy the story for these reasons. should not have carried out an illicit affair with Mohd asraf. The womenfolk talked suspiciously of what had happened. Azreen also came across Awang. It also teaches the importance of right and wrong behaviours and the norms of village life. After Madhuri’s death. OTHERS Using details from the novel you have studied. The saying that truth will be out is well portrayed in the story. explain why you would or would not recommend it to your friend. Madhuri’s body was hurriedly laid to rest. Saleh Abdullah looked visibly upset while her mother was confused and delirious. . an outcast from the village. The ending is tragic but suitable. a married woman. Nobody seemed to want to tell her the truth. whom she had befriended and who provided a shoulder for her to voice her thoughts and feelings.the elusive figure. Azreen recalled the happy times she spent as a rebellious teenager with her sister and the times when she felt frustrated as her parents supposedly ill-treated her. had forgiven Saleh Abdullah. there were four other death that happened in the story. The Old Lady died when her house was hounded by Mohd Asraf and his friends and accidently set on fire. I would recommend the story to my friend as the story has elements of suspense. a school teacher should not have blamed the Old Lady for his granmother’s demise as the Old Lady had expressed concern about his grandmother’s quick recovery. Azreen tried to get information on the death but met with a stone wall. She also recalled her schooling days and her relationship with Mohd Asraf. she was murdered. After Saleh Abdullah died of heart attack. The Curse. The story portrays the values of friendship and family relationship between husbands and wives. Madhuri’s real mother appeared and took revenge on saleh Abdullah for Madhuiri’s death. Azreen’s father had killed Madhuri out of rage albeit accidently. The novel. The Curse. Mohd Asraf. The ending is suitable as all wrongdoings should be punished but the ending could have been less tragic. It would have been a happy ending if Madhuri’s real mother. She visited the Old Lady. the village bomoh who told her a few truths about the village situation. According to rumours and those who saw Madhuri’s body.
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