Novels as Reflections of Cultural Life in Malaysian Society

By Nik Rafidah Nik Affendi, Normaliza Abd Rahim and Arbaie Sujud.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Novels are considered as social culture documents because they are able to reflect the culture of life of Malaysian society. Generally, culture is a way of life or practical life of a society. The person who appears in the novel is an expression of a human in reality. The actions of a person in a novel are an expression of actions of a human in reality. Thoughts, feelings and actions in a decision made for a specific situation is the actual expression from the reality of a society. As a novel which is a reflection from the world, we can see various culture of life of the Malaysian society from the social, economy and political aspects. Among them, they are very united although they are of various races with different culture of life. These elements of culture enable the three major races in Malaysia, the Malays, Indians and Chinese, to live in peace and harmony.

Keywords: Novels, Malaysian Society

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp.129-134. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 525.010KB).

Dr. Nik Rafidah Nik Affendi

Lecturer, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr Nik Rafidah Nik Affendi is a lecturer at Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim

Lecturer, Department of Malay Language, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr. Normaliza Abd Rahim is currently the coordinator for the Translation and Interpretation and Language Technology Lecturer at University Putra Malaysia. Due to her keen interest in language technology in teaching and learning, and her wide experience in teaching the English language courses, she was appointed as the consultant for curriculum development for private universities and colleges in one of the states in Malaysia. As such, she provides assistance in developing activities to enhance the usage of English language by using the computer amongst the students in the university. She is also interested on special educational needs children where at present she is the consultant for one of the states in Malaysia. She involves voluntarily in giving advice to parents and teachers of the special needs.

Dr. Arbaie Sujud

Lecturer, Head of Department, Department of Malay Language, Faculty of Modern Languages and Communication, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Dr Arbaie Sujud is a senior lecturer at University Putra Malaysia. Currently he is the head of Malay Language Department. He teaches literature and multimedia and interested in research and development.

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