Saturday, April 27, 2013

An unforgettable incident in "The Curse"

Describe an incident you would never forget in “The Curse” and give reasons why you would always remember it.

          An incident I would never forget in “The Curse” is when Puan Fatihah fainted out of shock when she saw a silhouette of a Pontianak that looked like Madhuri appearing from behind a pile of tree trunks.  But the woman who came towards her was not Madhuri.  She has long hair and she floated in her white gown. Puan Fatihah’s voice failed, her head started spinning and she felt faint.  The last thing she could remember was the sad pleading eyes of the woman and her long fingers reaching out to touch her.  Thankfully, she lost consciousness.

          I would never forget this incident because it makes me sympathise with Puan Fatihah.  I find it sad that Puan Fatihah is a victim of her own belief in the supernatural.  Prior to the encounter with the Pontianak, she has gone to see out the bomoh to get a charm to win back her husband’s affections.  She is superstitious enough to resort to such a desperate act.  It is her superstition that makes her believe what she sees as a ‘ghost’ and that is why she faints from utter shock.  What is so ironic is that she has thrown away the first charm which is a small piece of paper with written incantation into the river.  The result is her husband has taken the younger woman as his wife and she has only herself to blame.  Now that his younger wife is dead, she must win back her husband’s affections with the help of the bomoh.

          I also feel sorry for Puan Fatihah because she is so pathetic. She cannot bear her husband a child and always feels insecure as she has no power to keep him all to herself.  I can feel her pain of insecurity as she looks at the mirror each day and sees her aging face.  She is haunted by ‘the deepening lines, the crow’s feet, the sagging skin and double chin’.  Which man can still stay in love with a face like that? Her insensitive husband has spurned her and laughs at her insecurities.  Her declining beauty has caused her to feel envy towards Madhuri and to be angry at her husband.  This is really pathetic.

          I also find this incident memorable because it reminds me of how fragile a woman can be.  Puan Fatihah has tried to be strong and put up a great pretence of liking the second wife.  She has actually succeeded in deceiving everyone in the village and even Madhuri herself.  Madhuri, in her last letter to Azreen has told her sister that Puan Fatihah is such a kind and understanding lady whom she looks up to as an elder sister.  Madhuri sees her as ‘such a dear sweet woman’ and is not sure whether she can emulate her goodness as a person and a wife.  Poor Fatihah!  She has suppressed her emotions and has to endure the fights she and her husband have been having lately over trivial matters.  She cannot get his attention when Madhuri was alive and she still cannot get his attention after she was dead.  She was so emotionally fragile that it was not surprising she fainted when she came face to face with a ‘ghostly figure’ who has reached out her hands to touch her.

          I would not forget this incident as it has taught me not to believe in superstitions nor resort to solving problems by using supernatural methods.  All of us have problems and we must not let them overwhelm us.

(Sharing purpose: Taken from Baby Step, Setia Emas)

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