A Samad Said Analysis

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The literary figure I chose to write this term paper is A. Samad Said. One of the main reason why I chose him is because of his most distinguished looking beard and moustache. He seemed to be an Islamic figure following Nabi Muhammad s.a.w to have long beard. If I were to ask anyone about, I bet people from old to young knows him. When I was in secondary school, I analyse one of his poem “the dead crow”. I gained interest in learning about him. He has a numerous number of literature written and published all over Malaysia and some of it are also marketed internationally. Many other students may also recognize him through his novel ' Di Hadapan Pulau ' as it became a Malay Language Arts component at the secondary level. One of his…show more content…
He is an 82-year-old who was awarded the Sasterawan Negara title in 1986 for contributions to literary heritage. He loves to go by the title A. Samad Said. However in the field of literature, A. Samad Said also possesses other the pen name like Hilmy, Isa Dahmuri, Jamil Kelana, Manja, Mesra and Shamsir. He was born on the 9th of April 1935. He is a famous and well known Malaysian poet, journalist and novelist. He was born in Kampung Belimbing Dalam, Durian Tunggal, and Malacca. Due to the negative nature of his father, Mohd Said Yusof, who is a bas inspector in Singapore Traction Company (STC ) in Singapore as his father’s attitude always invite a quarrel with his mother , Aminah Mohd Amin . The third child from five siblings ‘also lost his elder sister when he was young. Due to the very fact he experience many ups and downs in his life, it inspired him to produce his splendid literary work. Among the experience of living in the Lion City during the reign Japan when it suffered from the obliteration of social, economic, political which then became an important base in most of his novels, short stories and poetry. In addition to that, many of his works are tightly linked with the experience of his life. For example, the impression of having less fatherly character attitude in his novels. The use of a background in most of his works are also set in Singapore which is where he grew…show more content…
When he was still in school his interest in literature was outstanding. Not only that, since at an early and young age he familiarized himself by reading literary works from home and abroad mostly literature work of Ajip Rosidi, Rendra, Pramoedya, Achdiat, Hamzah and Wijaya Mala. The topic that grab my focus of interest in reading his biography is when he tries to polish the mastery of English language with the help of reading many classic English and western novels. Among the work that he read is Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet, as well as some other classic works like Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Old Man and The Sea, East of Eden and others He also read novels written by Oliver Twist, Wuthering Heights, and AlMayer’s Folly. He cuts out and keep the stories from local newspapers and studied them before producing his own short stories. His interest on translating some foreign literary works also indirectly strengthens his interest in
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