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TANJONG RHU

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EDITORS
Muhammad Afiq Farhan Bin
Mansor
Ahmad Syaheed Bin Aris Pazilah
Muhammad Amir Azfar Bin Mohd
Asri
Muhamed Zaharin Bin Azhar

SETTING
Office of Mr.Li is high above
Shenton way near the Singapore
Harbour.
Home of Mr.Li- sitting room and
the altar room.
Hospital- Mr.Lis mother was
admitted to hospital.

PLOT
EXPOSITION
The day after Mr Lis mother was
buried, he is in his office feeling sad
and anxious. Using the binoculars
he bought for his mother, he looks
out of the office window and counts
the ships in the harbour.

RISING ACTION
Mr Li recalls the day he presented the
binoculars to his mother to help her see
better. She wants to use them to see
Tanjong Rhu, their old home, from his
office. She takes a long time to complete
her ritual in the altar room before leaving
to go to the office. Ying, her
granddaughter, is impatient with her. Mr
Li scolds Ying for being rude. At his
office, his mother cannot see what she
wanted to see. However, she remembers
their happy life at Tanjong Rhu.

CLIMAX
Mr Li sudden longing to return to his
roots. He feels guilty that has never
talk to his mother about the past. He
recalls visiting here at the hospital
where she lay dying. He wants to ask
about his childhood but she cannot
answer him. He feels frustrated and
takes it out on Ying. Father and
daughter argue. They are interrupted
by Ah Ma trying to tell them about the
key to the altar.

FALLING ACTION
After Ah Mas death, it dawns on Mr
Li how important tradition is. He
realises that he must now take care
of the family altar. He is unable to
find joss sticks to complete the
ritual. He does not know where his
mother hid the key to the locked
drawer.

RESOLUTION
Mr Li whisper to his mother that he
remembers Tanjong Rhu. For a
moment, he is overcome by
emotions, but then he feels foolish
and leaves the room quickly.

CHARACTER AND CHARACTERISTIC


Mr Li
Prefers the simple life
A filial and loving son
Tolerant

Ah Ma
Prefers the simple lifer
Stubborn
Traditional

Ying
Loving
Persuasive
Helen
Socialistic
Like to show of

THEME
The traditional habit versus
current patterns which is this
short story focusing on
Singap0rean Chinese life which
contrast in terms of traditional
and modern.

MORAL VALUES
Caring
We must care about our parents.
The proof is when Mr Li came
home from work and brought a
binocular for his mother, so that
he hope that his mother can see
far and clear.

RESPECT
We must to respect the elders. The
proof is when Ying was arguing over
some joss sticks with popo and Mr Li
was mad when Ying whispered to him
that she just wont hurry Baba always
has to do just what she wants
because of that he thought that
children this day have no respect for
the elders.

APPRECIATING
We have to appreciate our
parents. Just like Mr Li, he
doesnt take his time listening to
his mother stories about his
childhood memories but then
when his mother is about to die
he wanted to ask many question
about his past.

LOVING
We must love our parents with
our whole heart. Just like Mr Li
love his mother so much that he
became unmanageable after his
mother passed away.

THANK
YOU
TO BE
CONTINUED..