Tiga Tahap Sebelum Menulis Kreatif yang Patut Kamu Ketahui

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Terlepas dari definisi kreatif yang berbeda bagi tiap-tiap orang, aku rasa kita bisa menilai tulisan itu kreatif atau tidak tergantung pada cara si penulis artikel tersebut menyampaikan idenya dengan cara yang menarik sehingga pesan yang meski bukan barang baru, tetap meninggalkan kesan tersendiri di hati atau otak pembaca.

Menulis kreatif yang berkualitas bukanlah hal yang mudah. Dalam hal yang aku maksud adalah tulisan yang sarat pesan penting dalam balutan bahasa yang mudah dipahami. Aku sendiri selalu berpegang teguh setiap penulis mempunyai kewajiban moral menyampaikan hal baik ke sebanyak mungkin orang yang ia mampu jangkau, bukan memamerkan pengetahuan atau kecerdasannya semata.

Membuat orang membaca pesan baik kita tidak selalu menerima sambutan hangat. Bukan berarti tidak semua orang baik, hanya saja manusia memang ada waktunya jenuh dengan hal positif. Hal ini sangatlah wajar. Menulis kreatif pun menjadi salah satu cara agar pesan baik atau berita yang netral bisa menyentuh relung yang sedang jenuh melalui cara menyenangkan. Berikut aku mau berbagi pengalaman tahapanku hendak menulis kreatif yang tidak semuanya membahagiakan seperti yang tadi aku bilang:

  1. Mengasah kepekaan

Sejatinya, penulis yang baik adalah mereka yang memanfaatkan segala yang indera tangkap menjadi bahan berbicara. Setiap yang dilihat, didengar atau dirasa bisa disaring menjadi bahan untuk menulis. Setiap tempat, orang mau pun kejadian dapat memberikan ide untuk menulis.

Favorit aku mencari ide menulis adalah di tempat umum, tepatnya transportasi umum. Berada di Transjakarta, KRL hingga angkot selalu menjadi momen mengasyikkan untuk melihat dan mengamati orang asing yang berada di moda transportasi yang sama. Saat penumpang lain tertidur, bercakap satu sama lain hingga sibuk dengan gawai masing-masing, di situlah pikiran dan inderaku berkeliaran. Radarku menangkap banyak hal yang bisa digarap menjadi tulisan, entah ringan untuk dinikmati sendiri atau bisa diperluas menjadi artikel serius.

  1. Menentukan jenis tulisan

Katakanlah, sudah tertangkap hal yang dianggap menarik, langkah berikutnya yakni menentukan apakah tulisan tersebut sekadar untuk konsumsi pribadi atau untuk khalayak ramai. Apakah ide tersebut akan dibuat menjadi tulisan kreatif ringan atau serius.

Jika cukup menjadikan gagasan tersebut akar menulis kreatif ringan fokus berubah ke teknik kepenulisan yang unik. Lagi-lagi, si penulis perlu menentukan sendiri “nada” tulisan tersebut, apakah lucu, sedih, datar, satir, sinis, nyinyir, dan lainnya.

Sedangkan jika memilih menaikkan level gagasan menjadi tulisan dengan cakupan lebih luas, si penulis harus siap dengan referensi pendapat orang lain yang lebih ahli atau teori pendukung untuk menambah daya berat tulisan ini. Tulisan kreatif bukan berarti a la kadarnya melainkan tulisan yang bermakna dalam dengan sajian santai.

  1. Melakukan riset

Entah meniatkan gagasan tersebut menjadi tulisan semacam etalase atau serius, si penulis sebaiknya melakukan riset agar si buah pemikiran nantinya menjadi anak yang beda dari lainnya meski tema kurang lebih sama. Sebagai contoh, si penulis ingin mengupas tentang bahaya memakai gawai terlalu lama usai mendapati hampir semua penumpang KRL mengisi waktu di KRL dengan memainkan gawai mereka atau mendengarkan musik melalui ponsel cerdas masing-masing.

Jika si penulis hendak fokus ke nada tulisan, katakanlah ingin tulisannya kocak, ia sebaiknya memoles gaya tulisannya. Di sini, melakukan riset bisa berarti bereksperimen berulang-ulang atau membaca karya penulis lain yang sata paham dengannya.

Atau si penulis lebih memilih mengangkat ide yang sama menjadi bahan artikel dengan cakupan lebih luas. Maka yang perlu dilakukannya yakni mencari data atau statistik dampak negatif terlalu lama memakai gawai bagi psikologis seseorang, misalkan. Bisa pula menambahkan contoh kasus yang mendukung pendapat si penulis tadi.

Meski menyoroti dua sisi yang berbeda, hasil produksi dari contoh di atas tetap menjadikan tulisannya kreatif sebab dari sudut pandang yang berbeda tersebut didukung oleh analisa dan data. Kreatif bukan berarti sembarangan. Kreatif itu bebas tetapi bertanggung jawab.

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Delving thick layer of secrets within “The Woman in White”

Wilkie Collins executes heap of secrets very well to deliver his messages on gender equality, marital issue and moral decay in “The Woman in White”. With the secrets, he successfully drove me to complete the 619 pages long within eight days despite fairly difficult language, political background in Italy and legal affairs at the Victorian Era in the 19th century.

Mind you, I didn’t Google what was happening in the Pizza Country back then. I also didn’t stop reading “The Woman in White” for further seeking information on inheritance division amongst heirs in elite class in the UK in the century. Doing so would probably cast me away from thoroughly enjoying the book. What a justification to say that I was too lazy for doing those things, LOL!

Anne Catherick alias the woman in white triggered the whole grand secret in the book which was Sir Percival Glyde as an illegal son of his parents, Sir Felix Glyde and Cecilia Jane Ester because the two had never been married. All the wealth that Sir Percival Glyde possessed was taken out from one of his distant relatives who never returned to the UK. He took over his relative’s resources by issuing his birth certificate (which was an easy task) and forging the marriage date of his parents. The second method required him to approach and shower Anne Catherick’s mother with gold and jewelries.

Sir Percival Glyde was secretly contacting Mrs. Catherick for his interest because her husband was a clergyman. Lured by the gifts, Mrs. Catherick took a key to a vestry where which her husband worked, at Old Welmingham. There, he did the crime then put Mrs. Catherick to blame by the locals because they believed she was unfaithful wife for having an affair with Sir Percival Glyde.

To this consequence, Sir Percival Glyde ordered Mrs. Catherick to keep the secret. In exchange, he was giving her money, putting her under observation so that she wouldn’t tell the secret. Old Welmingham was chosen to “imprison her” because as Walter Hartright later said, the district was showing what moral decay of human beings looked like. The residents didn’t care with what wrong deeds Mrs. Catherick did in the past as long as she donated her money. So, it wasn’t without any reasons that she was staying in the district because she believed her neighbors would only care on her money.

All through years, the secret was safe until Anne Catherick heard one of their conversations. Anne, who was born with mental illness, threatened that she would tell the truth. This later caused Sir Percival Glyde to have placed her in a private asylum.

One midnight, she managed to have escaped from the asylum then met with Walter Hartright on his way back to his rented room in London. Coincidentally, Walter Hartright would teach Marian Halcombe and Laura Fairlie the day after that hence the weird meeting was driving his curiosity by the time he encountered with Marian Halcombe.

His questions about this woman in white got bigger when Marian told him one of his mother’s letter mentioning Anne. The late Mrs. Fairlie said she was fond of Anne despite her mental illness. Then, she gave her white cloths that Anne was wearing throughout her life, gaining her as “the woman in white”. Reading Mrs. Fairlie’s statements that Anne was resembling Laura Fairlie got me suspicious on her true identity. Later, it was true that Anne was actually Laura Fairlie’s half-sister! She was the illegal daughter of Mr. Phillips Fairlie and Mrs. Catherick back then. Another issue on illegitimate children!

Walter Hartright and Marian Halcombe are two “scissors” to peel the layers out. While Marian Halcombe was sacrificing her life for Laure Fairlie, Walter Hartright was risking his life for truth. I am personally captivated by the two thanks to the author’s ideas of making them super brave, resourceful and patient.

I myself salute Marian’s love for Laura that although they were not connected by blood, Marian was doing her utmost to have saved Laura’s life from her wicked husband, Sir Percival Glyde. Some memorable scenes were when she banged the door of Mr. Frederick Fairlie’s room after she told him that Laura agreed to marry Sir Percival Glyde because she was afraid of tainting her family’s good image. Mr. Frederick Fairlie was Laura’s uncle who was insensitive, arrogant and annoying. He was underestimating women’ rights when he didn’t wish to deliberate Laura’s inheritance division with the family lawyer, Mr. Gilmore. This issue later created future problem between Laura or Lady Glyde with her husband. Of course, the most notable scene I would always remember was when heavy rainfall was pouring down her body as she was listening to all secrets between Sir Percival Glyde and Count Fosco. She was carefully placing herself in the spot where which she was able to find out what motivated them torturing her half-sister. As a result, she was sick so bad.

Sir Percival Glyde and Count Fosco was badly needing money, one of the reasons was because Sir Percival Glyde was in huge debt. He then required Lady Glyde’s signature to get access to 21,000 pounds she was possessing then divide it with his best friend. But Lady Glyde didn’t wish to do this unless her husband tells him the purpose of the request. This stirred his anger, opened his real motive of marrying her that was because of her wealth.

The two arranged strategies to obtain the money, which they did eventually. They lied to Anne Catherick, to Lady Glyde while Marian was in her sickness. Anne’s heart disease cost her death, which was falsified into Laura Fairlie’s given their physical resemblance. As Anne was buried, Laura was instead put in the asylum. When things looking bright, their unanticipated enemy returned from Honduras, Walter Hartright.

Walter Hartright was coming back to the UK braver than ever. It was his courage that brought him to have chased after the woman in white. It was also his bravery that led him to unravel cruelties did by Sir Percival Glyde and Count Fosco. I really admire Wilkie Collins’s showing readers, well me at least, how sincere motive and bravery can encourage us to do so many good deeds later on. Add to that is intelligence. Then our contribution can go wildly.

Walter Hartright utilized his sincerity, intelligence and politeness to meet, inquire and even ask for helps from people whom he only knew by hearsay. It wasn’t an easy thing to do when he needed to meet Mrs. Clements for knowing who was Mrs. Catherick. It was even more difficult when he must speak to Mrs. Catherick herself. With spies hired by Sir Percival Glyde and Count Fosco following him, Walter Hartright was a heroic character I will never forget.

I almost sunk into disappointment when Wilkie Collins opted to end the life of Sir Percival Glyde through fire. I wished Walter Hartright would kill him or drag him into a prison. I also expected the same thing for Count Fosco. But then I told to myself the expectations would create another problem. Walter Hartright might be put into a prison if he killed one of them or both of all. In addition, Walter Hartright didn’t have sufficient to bring him before a court. What he sufficiently had was evidence to clear up Laura’s reputation as a living human being.

It was later understandable that Wilkie Collins instead selected the two villains were dead because of their own deeds. A fire burned the vestry where which Sir Percival Glyde was trying to destroy the falsified marriage certificate and Count Fosco was killed by unknown party from his past. The ending reveals the same message: cruel people will get their deeds repaid in much more improper ways.

 

 

 

 

 

Wilkie Collins, the intricate plot genius

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“The Woman in White” is divided into three epochs. Several narrators tell the thick fiction as you can find in “The Moonstone”. This method encourages readers, at least I, to switch my perspective each time the narration is told by different character. Failing to do this may have put me in unfair stance.

I almost failed to differentiate when Count Fosco took the pen from Marian Halcombe when she was falling ill. After many pages she was controlling my thought, it was shocking that Mr. Collins instead to have chosen the Count who was in charge of the story. Here, my job as an objective reader was best tested. As much as I sympathized with Marian Halcombe’s courage and good deeds for her half-sister, Laura Fairlie, I needed to have understood on my roles as good reader. This means I needed to absorb each and every character here so that I would get overall messages and felt all atmospheres. In this regard, I needed to read the minds of the protagonists, the Count was one of them.

The second aspect that require high focus in reading the book is that Mr. Collins chooses back-and-forth pattern. If readers don’t get themselves engaged in the fiction, they will get lost on plentiful detailed clues Mr. Collins offers about the woman in white or following mysteries after her appearance. Failing to do all of that will make readers won’t feel stingy sensation the novel has that earns it the first sensation novel.

Mr. Collins really fascinates me with his way of foreshadowing. He puts small things that don’t only invite readers hard to put it down but also key to grand secret in the book. Who would have thought that the blank page of the marriage registry at Old Welmingham’s vestry was the disclosed point of Sir Percival Glyde’s forgery? Who would have guessed that the date of Laura Fairlie’s leaving the Blackwater Park would disclose her status as a living human being, not Anne Catherick?

To add the already complicated plot, Mr. Collins places spies here and there. Since the coming of Anne Catherick in the Limmeredge House and the surrounding, I felt like the lives of each of the character were being watched. Anne Catherick was watching over the life of Laura Fairlie for good reasons, fortunately. Walter Hartright was being watched by people from Sir Percival Glyde and the Count. Mariam Halcombe was under radar of the Count and Madame Fosco in the Blackwater Park. Almost each character was playing as a spy for another character. Suspicious gestures, unusual habits were enough clues to have stirred for spying.

With those methods in his mind, Mr. Collins utilizes them all to have weaved his messages in such smooth, wonderful and unexpected ways I could have never imagined. Moral decay, scandal, wounds from the past, feminism, inter-class romance are some that he conveys in the fiction. You won’t find them new, of course. But the way Mr. Collins presenting them all will make you viewing the themes in refreshed, unique lights.

“The Woman in White”: How does it feel to have read 90 pages every day

I had intended to write my second part of “The Woman in White” reading process in this blog after I did the first one. But before I had typed this second part, I completed reading the novel two days ago. As many as 619 pages were done in seven days. I read about 90 pages per day. Call me a mad reader because I believed so. The book was driving me crazy.. in many good ways I had never thought it would be capable of.

I don’t want to boast on the number of the pages I read in this blog post. I strongly believe there are a lot of, a lot of bookworms out there who are crazier than I am when it comes to speed reading. I will only speed up when I have a good novel in my hands. When a book isn’t that challenging, I will drag myself to even finish it. So, needless to say here that “The Woman in White” is indeed good, very, super incredible one that you need to try reading it, especially if you love sensational stories or mysterious fictions.

“The Woman in White” isn’t an easy book. I thought it would be around the riddle of who the woman in white was. In this regard, I had thought the key of the story would be who was Anne Catherick by the end of the very lengthy book. I was deceived. The name and the background of the woman was revealed much earlier that I had expected. Her appearance stimulated overall secret within the lives of the major characters in the book. Like a snowball, the first riddle led to grander mysteries than I could have never imagined.

With the whereabouts of the woman in white became the entry matter that triggered my curiosity, I read the book page per page. I was enjoying the superb writing talent of Wilkie Collins, the author of the novel. As a Victorian writer, he didn’t forget to describe people, scene, scenery, movement of time and character in beautiful, wonderful language that captivated me as a hard fan of imaginative stories.

I made use of my available time to have resumed reading the book. As the mystery had strongly stirred my curiosity with the amazing writing style, I didn’t want to miss a day not reading the book. I kept working as usual. Thankfully, I finished a book writing project on-time. In between the writing job, I spent reading the book. I still managed to have gone to bed before 12 a.m and woke up feeling fresh and healthy to yes, reading the novel again.

The key of completing the book so quickly while deeply connected with every single sensation of the story is that I was attempting to have put my mind at its best concentration even after I closed the book for that day. In some nights before I went to sleep, I talked to myself on possible ending of the story and the answer for the puzzles. As crazy as that sounds, the method assisted me to have engaged with the plot and made me so excited for the next day’s reading. To this, I owe so much to Mr. Collins. Enjoying this brain exercise brought me a qualified pleasure. Given my ability to have controlled the fondness of the book, I was enjoying it proportionately despite the fact of the 90 pages per day.

In addition to have been curious on the first mystery, my brain worked at the hardest to have guessed what this and that clue scattered in the whole story. Later on, the guidance led to something bigger, terrible that made up the big themes here. For instance, the anonymous letter by Anne to Laura Fairlie that warned the latter on her future husband Sir Percival Glyde at the start of the book.

What makes this exercise even more complicated is that I needed to have guessed what were laying beneath the expressions of some characters. Mr. Collins gave hidden clues through facial and verbal expressions that if we didn’t pay attention enough, we wouldn’t catch sensational, thrilling tones of the book let alone understood what did they contribute to the whole ideas.

I would like to take Count Fosco as best example for this regard. I remember very much when Marian Halcombe said in her diary how she liked him the very first time she met before she loathed him very much later on. Marian said that Count Fosco was very clever in amusing strangers, talkative and very friendly. This is later proven by Walter Hartright as the story draws to a close. Walter said the Count greeted store keepers in his route to an opera for buying a ticket. The Count was humming to himself, knowing to entertain himself thus he looked like a 40-year old man instead of his actual 60 years old. I would later discuss on the Count in another blog post.

Facial expressions were playing big roles in the book because this aspect, as a matter of fact, had been deceitful. This time around, I take Sir Percival Glyde as an example. Marian Halcombe thought she had best reasons to let Walter ended his teaching term earlier as he was known to have loved Laura while she was engaged to Sir Percival Glyde. For Marian, Laura’s fiancee was a respected, honorable man. And I felt that too when reading his response and his behavior, particularly when Laura told him he didn’t want to marry him. Sir Percival Glyde didn’t get angry, curse or whatsoever. He took the ill news wisely. Here, as a reader, I thought Laura would learn to love him because I thought Sir Percival Glyde was a good person who was worthy of loving back. But I was deceived as his true attitude was revealed during the six-month honeymoon in Italy.

I would like to write more but I am afraid the post would be very long to read. I end it here and I hope you still want to read other posts about the book.

“The Woman in White” Is Such A Page-Turner That I Can Read 50 Pages Per Day!

It is so well-deserved wait for “The Woman in White”. I had been longing reading the book after I completed reading “The Moonstone”, my first attempt reading books by Wilkie Collins which turned out to be unforgettable experience for me. As a longtime fan of romantic, feminism, realistic, social stories by Thomas Hardy, George Eliot, Bronte sisters and lately Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins is such a refreshment. “The Moonstone” has opened my eyes on enduring charm of detective, mysterious story can offer.

So when I found out that “The Woman in White” is better than “The Moonstone”, I, of course, put it on top of my would-be read list. After some moments, I discovered the book at my favorite bookstore in Jakarta but I didn’t buy it because it was pricey. I left the store, thought about the book then felt disappointed that the book was gone into someone else’s hands.

Last month, I was joyful that the store restocked the title in different version. I almost bought it before my friend, Wida, reminded me that our good pal, Dian, promised to bring the book when she arrived in Jakarta some weeks after our errand at the store. Again, I had to wait for the novel.

Three days ago, Dian fulfilled her vow. I was so happy that I eventually got the novel I had been looking forward for months. Call me too much, my friends, but when it comes to fictions, I can be that, yeah, you know, that much.

“The Woman in White” is surprisingly very thick. I thought it would be like 300 pages, like “The Moonstone”. Yet, it doubles that number. I was a little bit shocked to have found the number but after I looked at the book’s font, I wholly believed that I would finish the book, sooner or later.

I never thought I read the novel way quicker that I had planned. As I’m writing this post, I am at 174 out of 627 pages. It has been a crazy process. I didn’t intend this all, blame the book, LOL!

I would like to thank Mr. Collins, first of all, for pulling me out from another comfortable reading zone. While “The Moonstone” successfully wows me on detective stories, “The Woman in White” challenges me as a self-denounced coward. Really, I am afraid of watching or reading horror books. As my reading progress of the novel sees, I try hard not to visualize the woman in white alias Anne Catherick. She’s not a ghost, by the way, but she suffers from mental illness since very early age. She is put into a private asylum but later on, she is able to escape. The novel turns out as non-ghostly kind of story but Mr. Collins creates scary atmosphere here and there. I have to prepare myself when Anne comes up in the novel because she is strange, hysterical when she hears something related to the asylum or Sir Percival Glyde.

Thankfully, Mr. Collins doesn’t mention her all the time. And this what makes the novel very engrossing for me. I know why “The Woman in White” is in better quality than “The Moonstone”. On the surface, Mr. Collins exquisitely describe people in the book, landscape, settings and many more. To sum it up in this point, the novel is so Victorian in a way that it is beautifully crafted.

The plot moves so, so smooth. I don’t see, at least for the time being, that there lies a gap between one scene to the other. All lead up to some grand themes which surprises me because I thought the one and only primary subject of the book would be the woman in white.

In fact, I found serious and diverse themes wrapped in this very packed book (though for 174 pages so far). I got views on cultural issues between UK natives and Italians, as seen in Mr. Pesca, good friend of Mr. Walter Hartright and Mr. Phillip Fairlie’s hatred to  Count Fosco.

Romance between Mr. Walter Hartright to Miss Laura Fairlie isn’t something new as the former is a layman while the latter inherits huge amount of money and property. Mr. Collins’s rigid explanations on the forbidden love story is what makes the novel somehow remains essential and captivating to look forward.

That is what I have got so far from the pages I finished reading. It’s thrilling, saddening, emotional. There will be many to be written I think in the next posts. For now, I will go to sleep, hehee..

 

Orang Beriman Tidak Mengenal Sekat Urusan Duniawi dan Akherat

يُسَبِّحُ لِلّٰهِ مَا فِى السَّمٰوٰتِ وَمَا فِى الْاَرْضِ الْمَلِكِ الْقُدُّوْسِ الْعَزِيْزِ

الْحَكِيْمِ

Alqur’an surat Al Jumuah ayat 1

Orang yang benar-benar mempercayai adanya Alloh swt tidak akan semata melihat hidup perkara mencari pahala atau menghindari maksiyat. Mereka tak melihat dunia tempat berlomba mengumpulkan pahala sebagai syarat poin tertentu mencapai surga atau menghindari neraka.

Mereka yang teguh meyakini kebaikan Alloh swt tidak pula memandang Islam sebagai rentetan aturan dan larangan, yang harus mereka jalankan atau hindari dalam kehidupan sehari-hari. Diperlukan landasan tulus dan ikhlas agar mereka tidak melihat Alloh swt sebagai Tuan yang serba menakutkan, penuh hukuman, sangat mengerikan yang akan terus menghantui hari-hari jika mereka berbuat dosa.

Di lain pihak, orang yang benar-benar beriman akan kasih saying Alloh swt juga tidak melulu melihat Dia sebagai teman yang terlampau dekat sehingga kehilangan kebijaksanaan dan kewibawaan di hadapan hamba-hambaNya. Jika hanya menganggap Alloh swt sebagai sahabat saja, orang-orang beriman akan malas dan menganggap remeh segala perintah dan larangan-Nya.

Penceramah ternama Nouman Ali Khan menyebut ayat pertama surat di atas menggambarkan hubungan Alloh swt dengan hamba-Nya melalui empat sifat dari Alloh swt yang Ia sebut sendiri: “Apa yang ada di langit dan apa yang ada di bumi senantiasa bertasbih kepada Allah. Maharaja, Yang Maha Suci, Yang Maha Perkasa, Maha Bijaksana.”

Maha Raja dan Maha Perkasa menggambarkan kedudukan Alloh swt yang tak terbandingi kekuasaannya. Mengingat dua sifatNya ini membuat hamba sangat menghormati, takut akan siksaan dariNya jika kita melanggar perintahnya. Akan timbul rasa segan, hormat untuk mentaati segala yang Dia perintahkan.

Maha Suci dan Maha Bijaksana menggambarkan kedekatan Alloh swt dengan orang yang beriman. Dalam hati mereka, Alloh swt adalah yang Paling Mengerti kondisi yang tampak mau pun yang ghaib. Alloh swt pun menjadi yang paling dekat, utama dan pertama dalam hidup mereka.

Empat sifat ini menjelaskan hubungan Alloh swt dengan orang beriman yang “terkadang jauh, terkadang dekat.” Saat jauh di sini maksudnya orang yang beriman memperlakukan Alloh swt sebagai Tuan yang mempunyai otoritas penuh atas diri mereka. Tiada yang bisa mereka lakukan selain menaati dan menjauhi apa yang Alloh swt sudah gariskan.

Sedangkan dekat di sini berarti menginternalisasikan sifat Alloh swt yang sangat menyayangi manusia, bukan hanya orang yang beriman, melebihi siapa pun di dunia ini. Alloh swt pun menjadi yang pertama tempat mengadu, sekadar bercerita hingga mengeluhkan tentang persoalan hidup.

Memaknai secara betul sifat hubungan di atas berarti menyelami makna beriman yang sebenarnya dimana iman atau kondisi keyakinan tiap orang bermain bisa berubah-ubah, jadi bisa “terkadang jauh, terkadang dekat”.

Dibutuhkan perekat dua sifat hubungan seperti ini dan sebaik-baiknya lem adalah rasa bersyukur. Berterima kasih kepada Alloh swt bukan karena ingin Dia mengabulkan doa kita yang lain tetapi berucap syukur dan menghargai segala pemberianNya tanpa syarat. Sudah sepantasnya bersyukur setulus yang kita mampu agar pembatas urusan duniawi dan akherat pupus.

Saat orang yang beriman sedang bekerja dia tak lagi menganggap sedang mengejar hal duniawi. Ketika mereka hendak sholat, tak ada perkataan ingin melakukan urusan akherat. Karena sesungguhnya mereka memahami benar semua yang Alloh swt beri, titipkan pada mereka sudah selayaknya mereka laksanakan dengan baik sebagai seorang abdi yang berterima kasih secara ikhlas.

Perkara apakah akan menambah ganjaran atau tabungan untuk akheratnya kelak, seorang hamba yang beriman tak lagi mempedulikan hal tersebut. Sebab baginya mengabdi dengan sepenuh hati dengan landasan bersyukur itulah yang terpenting.

Miss Havisham, most horrific & miserable victim of love I have ever known

MIss Havisham. Source: bbc.co.uk

Miss Havisham is a creepy figure. I need to stop imagining what she looks like because that will make the hairs in my arms get goosebumps. To give you an illustration, she wears a white wedding dress throughout Great Expectations which means for years because Pip is a boy as the book starts and he turns 30-something when the story concludes. She never leaves Satis House, a ruined mansion where she lives with her adopted daughter Estella, for many years. She lets the clock in her room unchanged. She stands still in a world that keeps moving.

Miss Havisham quickly reminds me of Quilp, the main antagonist in The Old Curiosity Shop, another Dickens’ novel. They are of course different characters, Quilp is a very wicked, disgusting fiction figure I have ever met with. While miss Havisham isn’t a cruel one but the two reflects Dickens’ totality in creating very peculiar, distinguishable figures in literature.

As I read along the novel, miss Havisham is abundantly buried in her failed planned marriage. As far as “love is blind” saying is concerned, miss Havisham is about to get married to Compeyson, whom she really, really loves long, long time before she knows Pip, the protagonist in Great Expectations. To he sadness, Compeyson abandons her. He is only interested at her fortune.

Devastated and humiliated, miss Havisham suffers from mental breakdown and “imprisons” herself in the house. Worse, she even asks for mister Jaggers finding her an adopted daughter whom miss Havisham can look after and gradually turn her as a player.

Miss Havisham’s dream comes true as Estella plays with many men’ hearts, including Pip’s. Despite her knowing over Pip’s sincere feeling for Estella, miss Havisham instead asks for her marrying other man. At the end, neither Estella nor miss Havisham are happy.

As a reader, I can’t think of anyone can be that depressed as miss Havisham. She is so captured in the past that she takes revenge through Estella. As impossible as her trait can be, Dickens, here, digs his deepest on human emotion when it comes to love, excessive love, that may turn into severe heartbrokenness. And miss Havisham is such most suitable portrait we can get precious lessons from.

From the beginning, Dickens puts many clues on her collapse. The way she dresses, the ruined mansion that she lives in, her choice of not ever leaving the house after she fails to get married.

I remember one of the scenes where which she explicitly tells Estella not to take into account Pip’s feeling. For miss Havisham, love is like a dead-end matter, that everyone should never ever taste sweet, valuable taste of it. She can only regret her action of persuading Estella marrying Bentley Drummle although she knows him a brutal person.

As the novel comes to an end, miss Havisham asks for Pip’s forgiveness that comes out too late because Estella now becomes Drummle’s wife. Miss Havisham burns herself but Pip saves her. She lives the rest of her life in sickness because of that.

Miss Havisham reminds me so much on dangerous illogical love to others. She is actually warned over Compeyson’s ill motives but she ignores it. She pays all the price in most unthinkable ways I can possibly comprehend. I hope each of us won’t be like her in love-related matter or others.