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Saturday, 12 September 2015

SPM English Literature : Short Story : Leaving by M.G. Vassanji.

Assalamualaikum WBT,

How do you do my dear readers? I really hope that you have read my previous entries because I really do believe that when you have read something, things will be played on your mind for quite some times.

Now, for this entry, I will write about another short stories for the SPM Literature Component Form 4 which is Leaving by M.G. Vassanji.

For those who have read Leaving, you will know what it is all about but for those who have not read yet, you need to know this. Read it with open mind and heart because once you have opened your mind and heart, then, you will able to extract all the information that you will need in answering the questions.

Now, Leaving is a short story about a teen boy named Aloo. He is a very bright young boy who happened to have this ambition of studying abroad. Leaving took place in Tanzania, Africa. But then, Aloo's mother is reluctant to let his son go. Why? It is because his mother is afraid to lose her son. She have seen a few people got back from abroad and lost their culture. She does not want that to happen to her son. Aloo is offered by the local university to study agriculture but he refused. He wants more, he wants to go abroad and study medicine in America, to be exact. 

Aloo's mother refuses to let him go and she also does not have money to buy the air ticket. She also feels hurt because its like, Aloo wants to go away from her and that makes her heart dismayed and she feels betrayed by Aloo's consideration for not considering her feeling as a mother. 

But then mother's heart is the best ever. Seeing Aloo's eagerness, she decides to talk to Aloo's school officer ; where he studies. Mr. Velji tells her that Aloo will get good education abroad but he is afraid that Aloo might lose his identity but Aloo states firmly that he will not get lost.

Aloo's mother advises him that not to give up on his values and beliefs before she allow Aloo to go. Aloo is excited and he also write to his mother who is wondering if he is going to comeback home or not. 

Well, that was a little bit about the synopsis about Leaving. To me, it was a wonderful yet inspiring short story. It was about family conflict but in a good way. To us Malaysians, if its about studying, everything is ok. We really put education ahead of everything. Yes, we are. That is why sometimes, we happened to overseen the important of politeness and respect in our everyday lives. How that?

Now, tha is all from me, I will write about the Characters, Plot, Setting, Time, Theme, Moral Values, Point of View, Tone and Mood, Language and Style and also Literary Devices. 

But, you have to read this story first, in order to understand what I will write here. You have to read it. It is not that hard to understand because, the language used in the short story is quite easy understand. No bombastic words used. So! Read on.

Assalamualaikum WBT

p/s: One by one.  

19 comments:

  1. had u posted any character , themes , as u said ? can u pls send the link if u did ? thank yiu.

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    1. I will, I still need time to read it and paraphrase it. thanks btw for reading.

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    2. so how......had u posted it.??...i mean the character??

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    3. so how......had u posted it.??...i mean the character??

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    4. I did yes.
      http://theenglishjourney.blogspot.com/2015/09/spm-literature-component-short-story.html
      http://theenglishjourney.blogspot.com/2015/10/spm-literature-component-leaving-by-mg.html

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    1. U are most welcome, Feel free to visit this blog at any time. Good luck and thank you.

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  3. Assalam. This is really useful, thank you. however do you think this synopsis can be used in presentation of story telling? and does it really end at '...he is going to comeback home or not.'?

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    1. hi sorry dear for very late reply, as for the question, synopsis can be in different point of views, u can read and understood all the information and interpret it in ur own words, that is way better then just take it from books.

      as we all know, Aloo's mother just playing with her emotion but take as the Malay's proverb, hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri, lebih baik negeri sendiri. so, to me, he will comeback home but its just a matter of time.

      thank you.

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    2. yes and Aloo will be back, it is just a matter of time. tq.

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    3. could u please write about the interesting event in this short story? i really need that for my examination.

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    4. could u please write about the interesting event in this short story? i really need that for my examination.

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    5. did you read the Short Story already? if u not, please read them. then u will find a few interesting events in it.

      i give u hints..

      1. why aloo's mum felt left out and sad?
      2. aloo's mum went to see the teacher and what did the teacher said?
      3. how aloo's reaction towards the application letter?

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  4. Hi. I need to ask something. Can I know do u post the point of view of the short story and also the languages and style?? Pls I need this 2 things for my presentation tomorrow. I hope I can get the answer by today. TY.

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  5. What is the challenge of Aloo in this short story?And what the solution about these challenge?

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    1. dear, u MUST read the short story,,then u will find what u are looking for.

      trust me.

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  6. can you give me theme of leaving about family love? i find it very hard

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  7. hi, can you give me the theme of the leaving about loving family/family love.I really need it.I find it very hard.Hope you can help me. TQ

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