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± Azreen and the Old Lady –consoled each other- Azreen is the Old Lady’s only friend –sacrificed for the Old Lady- tried to rescue the Old Lady when the house was on fire c. Love triangle ± Azreen /Mohd.Asraf/ Madhuri – Azreen playsed hockey for Mohd Asraf’s team - spent a lot of time together after school- sacrificesdfor Mohd Asraf-made false confession about letting the gate of the farm opened – unrequited love – Mohd.Asraf loved Madhuri – Madhuri returned his love. ± Hj Ghani/ Madhuri/ Puan Fatiha – Hj Ghani loved Madhuri – pampered her- bought things for her- Fatiha-first wife-jealous- Madhuri loved Mohd.Asraf – married Hj Ghani –because she was forced by Salleh, her father. THEME: WRITE ON THE THEME OF FORGIVENESS Lee Su Ann, the writer of the novel ‘The Curse’ had brought up many themes in her writing. One of the themes that I liked very much in this novel is ‘forgiveness’which was clearly portrayed in Azreen’s character.As we know from the beginning, Azreen was a very outspoken, aggressive and stubborn characterbut towards the ending of the story she had learnt to forgive others.Azreen was very much influenced by the Old Ladywho begged Azreen to learn to forgive others at the time of her death. We could see very much that Azreen kept her promise when she forgave Mohd Asrafwho had deliberately played with her emotions. All the while Azreen thought Asraf liked her but, Asraf was actually falling for Madhuri and when he admitted that to Azreen, she was speechless at first. Azreen hid herself from Asraf by
75 running away until she reached the cliff of the hills when Asraf confessed his love towards Madhuri. But as time passed, her anger melted away slowly and she forgave Asraf as the Old Lady had told to her just before she died. Azreen too learnt to forgive her father who had murdered Madhuri. Even though she felt sad at first but she did not feel angry or resented him but she realized that she had lost her only father that she used to know as a very hot-tempered man. Slowly Azreen forgave her father but she could not see him eye to eye so she left him alone and that was the time when Encik Saleh had a heart attack and collapsed. But if at all Azreen had not promised the Old Lady to forgive others, I do not think that she would forgive her father for murdering Madhuri. Azreen too forgave Madhurifor all the hurt and resentment she had caused in Azreen’s life. Azreen was jealous of Madhuri’s beauty and genteel behavior. She was the favorite daughter. She also resented Madhuri as Madhuri was able to captivate Asraf who eventually fell in love with her. But, when Azreen discovered that Madhuri was adopted and the truth about Madhuri’s murder at the hands of her own father, she felt nothing but pity for poor Madhuri . Finally she forgave her sister, Madhuri.