Letters of a Javanese Princess - Indonesian Litt


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Letters of a Javanese Princess - Indonesian Litt

  1. 1. ENG2 Oclaret Letters of a Javanese Princess RadenAdjengKartini I do not desire to go out to feats, and little frivolous amusements. That has never been the cause of my longing for freedom. I long to be freed, to be able to stand alone, to study, not to be subjected to anyone, and, above all, never, never to be obliged to marry. But we must marry, must, must. Not to marry is the greatest sin which the Moslem woman can commit; it is the greatest disgrace which a native girl can bring to her family. And marriage among us—miserable is too feeble an expression for it. How can it be otherwise, when the laws have made everything for the man and nothing for the woman? When law and convention both are for the man; when everything is allowed to him? Love! What do we know here of love? How can we love a man whom we have never known? And how could he love us? That in itself would not be possible. Young girls and men must be kept rigidly apart, and are never allowed to meet. Learn to Read A. Check Your Vocabulary Study how the following italicized words are used in the text. Choose the best definition from the given options. 1. frivolousamusements a. frail b. trivial c. hilarious 2. long to be freed a. released b. broken c. delayed 3. never to be obliged a. condemned b. obeyed c. forced 4. feeblean expression a. weak b. funny c. incredible 5. keptrigidly apart a. rarely b. firmly c. lively B. Check Your Reading 1. Describe the writer. 2. What is the writer’s cultural background? 3. What religion does the writer practice? 4. What is the greatest sin that can be committed by one who practices the writer’s religion? 5. What things does the writer do not like? 6. What does the writer want in life? 7. What must the writer do as a woman in her culture? 8. What does the writer feel about marriage? 9. Why does the writer think that the law is not fair? 10. Why does the writer feel this way about life? C. Discussion 1. Reading the letters of Kartini, what thoughts on the role of women in the society did she reflect? 2. Do you think her letters met the approval of the Indonesian women? Why or why not? 3. What conflicting views on the role of women in the Moslem tradition did she present? 4. Discuss how the Filipino women’s role has evolved from the pre-Spanish era to the present. What factors were responsible for the changes? 5. If you could suggest changes in the Filipino women’s role in our society today, what would they be? D. Valuing-Appreciating 1. Do you appreciate the role of men and women in our society at present? Why or why not? 2. Would you say the Filipino women are “more free” than their Asian counterparts? Why or why not?