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The Myth of Malin Kundang

A long time ago, in a small village near the beach in West Sumatra, a woman and
her son lived. They were Malin Kundang and her mother. Her mother was a single
parent because Malin Kundang's father had passed away when he was a baby.
Malin Kundang had to live hard with his mother.
Malin Kundang was a healthy, dilligent, and strong boy. He usually went to sea to
catch fish. After getting fish he would bring it to his mother, or sold the caught fish in
the town.
One day, when Malin Kundang was sailing, he saw a merchant's ship which was
being raided by a small band of pirates. He helped the merchant. With his brave and
power, Malin Kundang defeated the pirates. The merchant was so happy and
thanked to him. In return the merchant asked Malin Kundang to sail with him. To get
a better life, Malin Kundang agreed. He left his mother alone.
Many years later, Malin Kundang became wealthy. He had a huge ship and was
helped by many ship crews loading trading goods. Perfectly he had a beautiful wife
too. When he was sailing his trading journey, his ship landed on a beach near a
small village. The villagers recognized him. The news ran fast in the town; “Malin
Kundang has become rich and now he is here”.
An old woman ran to the beach to meet the new rich merchant. She was Malin
Kundang’s mother. She wanted to hug him, released her sadness of being lonely
after so long time. Unfortunately, when the mother came, Malin Kundang who was in
front of his well dressed wife and his ship crews denied meeting that old lonely
woman. For three times her mother begged Malin Kundang and for three times he
yelled at her. At last Malin Kundang said to her "Enough, old woman! I have never
had a mother like you, a dirty and ugly woman!" After that he ordered his crews to
set sail. He would leave the old mother again but in that time she was full of both
sadness and angriness.
Finally, enraged, she cursed Malin Kundang that he would turn into a stone if he
didn't apologize. Malin Kundang just laughed and really set sail.
In the quiet sea, suddenly a thunderstorm came. His huge ship was wrecked and it
was too late for Malin Kundang to apologize. He was thrown by the wave out of his
ship. He fell on a small island. It was really too late for him to avoid his curse.
Suddenly, he turned into a stone.
(Re-written from www.st.rim.or.jp)

Narrative Analysis on Generic Structure
Many believe that a story can teach a society certain moral value. Most stories are
build in narrative. Because it is a narrative story, it must consists of complication.
That complication, in fact, is the moral value which like to be taught.
Orientation; the first paragraph is set to be the story introduction. Reading the
orientation, reader will know that the story is characterized with Malin Kundang and
his mother. Wes Sumatra is set as the place.
Complication; this is the main element of narrative story. From the Malin Kundang
myth, we know that there are more than one complication. Many stories are
composed with multi complications. They are minor complication and major
complication. When Malin Kundang and her mother did life hard, it can be the minor
complication. this hard life in the first time was solved by his successful trading as
new merchant. However this narrative sotry is more interesting when we see the
major complication among the participants- Malin Kundang denied his mother after
being successful merchant. In every story, complication must be ended; happy
ending or sad one
Resolution; this is the end of the story, the sad ending one. Malin Kundang faces his
curse of turning into a stone.

Nama : Febriana M
Kelas : IX-c
No : 07
Sekolah : SMP N 2 Dawarblandong


Cinderella

Once upon a time there lived an unhappy young girl. Her mother was dead and her
father had married a widow with two daughters. Her stepmother didn’t like her one
little bit. All her kind thoughts and loving touches were for her own daughters.
Nothing was too good for them – dresses, shoes, delicious food, soft beds, and
every home comfort.
But, for the poor unhappy girl, there was nothing at all. No dresses, only her
stepsisters’ hand-me-downs. No lovely dishes, nothing but scraps. No rest and no
comfort. She had to work hard all day. Only when evening came was she allowed to
sit for a while by the fire, near the cinders. That’s why everybody called her
Cinderella.
Cinderella used to spend long hours all alone talking to the cat. The cat said, .
Miaow. , which really meant, . Cheer up! You have something neither of your
stepsisters has and that is beauty.. It was quite true. Cinderella, even dressed in old
rags, was a lovely girl. While her stepsisters, no matter how splendid and elegant
their clothes, were still clumsy, lumpy and ugly and always would be.
One day, beautiful new dresses arrived at the house. A ball was to be held at the
palace and the stepsisters were getting ready to go. Cinderella didn’t even dare ask
if she could go too. She knew very well what the answer would be: . You? You’re
staying at home to wash the dishes, scrub the floors and turn down the beds for your
stepsisters. They will come home tired and very sleepy.. Cinderella sighed, . Oh
dear, I’m so unhappy!. and the cat murmured . Miaow..
Suddenly something amazing happened. As Cinderella was sitting all alone, there
was a burst of light and a fairy appeared. . Don’t be alarmed, Cinderella,. said the
fairy. . I know you would love to go to the ball. And so you shall!. . How can I,
dressed in rags?. Cinderella replied. . The servants will turn me away!.
The fairy smiled. With a flick of her magic wand Cinderella found herself wearing the
most beautiful dress she had ever seen. . Now for your coach,. said the fairy; “A real
lady would never go to a ball on foot! Quick! Get me a pumpkin!. . Oh of course,.
said Cinderella, rushing away. Then the fairy turned to the cat. . You, bring me seven
mice, and, remember they must be alive!.
Cinderella soon returned with the pumpkin and the cat with seven mice he had
caught in the cellar. With a flick of the magic wand the pumpkin turned into a
sparkling coach and the mice became six white horses, while the seventh mouse
turned into a coachman in a smart uniform and carrying a whip. Cinderella could
hardly believe her eyes.
inderella had a wonderful time at the ball until she heard the first stroke of midnight!
She remembered what the fairy had said, and without a word of goodbye she slipped
from the Prince. s arms and ran down the steps. As she ran she lost one of her
slippers, but not for a moment did she dream of stopping to pick it up! If the last
stroke of midnight were to sound… oh… what a disaster that would be! Out she fled
and vanished into the night.
he Prince, who was now madly in love with her, picked up the slipper and said to his
ministers, “Go and search everywhere for the girl whose foot this slipper fits. I will
never be content until I find her!”
So the ministers tried the slipper on the foot of every girl in the land until only
Cinderella was left.
That awful untidy girl simply cannot have been at the ball,. snapped the stepmother. .
Tell the Prince he ought to marry one of my two daughters! Can’t you see how ugly
Cinderella is?. But, to everyone. s amazement, the shoe fitted perfectly.
Suddenly the fairy appeared and waved her magic wand. In a flash, Cinderella
appeared in a splendid dress, shining with youth and beauty. Her stepmother and
stepsisters gaped at her in amazement, and the ministers said, “Come with us
Cinderella! The Prince is waiting for you.” So Cinderella married the Prince and lived
happily ever. As for the cat, he just said “Miaow!”
Nama : Rayanti fitri l.
Kelas : IX-c
No : 21
Sekolah : SMP N 2 Dawarblandong

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