A CRYTICAL ANALYSIS OF WHAT IS CALLED AS GAIN SOMETHING, LOSE SOMETHING
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Sometimes we are probably amazed at what is considered to be good literature. “The Token Shop” written by Ahmad Tohari is one that falls into that category. At first, most might feel this way, but when you take a deeper look at the elements that make up a short story, you find that it is indeed very well written. This story is a great example of how a writer develops the issue of conflict in human relationship. Author Ahmad Tohari tells a superb story of Kartawi, a family man who is in dilemma of choosing either to trust his beloved wife, Jum or to believe bad gossips from other villagers about the ‘token’ given from his wife to a wise man or ‘dukun’ named Pak Koyor. What is become so troublesome towards Kartawi’s husband heart is the ‘token’ thing refers to his wife’s body itself which is hundred person belongs to him only. Jum’s confession about the true thing then makes Kartawi’s life becomes more miserable and his man heart is broken indeed.
Ahmad Tohari uses symbolisms to show how high determination of achieving or getting something can blind one’s eyes as Jum describes her action as a common thing and cannot be a sin. But compared to Kartawi’s side or as a man’s perception, Jum’s action of ‘sharing’ her body with another man is too much. It is kind of betraying him as a husband. As a conservative village man, Kartawi has his own strong principal which is his wife means his wife. Everything belongs to her is him. He totally cannot accept the reality that his ambitious wife has gone beyond limit just to fulfill her dream to become wealthy. What on earth that other man can get and feel the same ‘thing’ like him. Kartawi feels that “the private place for his manhood had been moved” since the moment Jum “had
invited the dukun to enter and molest his private territory”. In addition, the style in which the story is written mirrors Kartawi’s increasing