Characterisation in Hikayat Hang Tuah
(2) On both occasions when the Bendahara communicated to him the royal decree of death on him, his immediate reaction was surrender. He considered this as his final expression of loyalty. (Cf. pp. 179 and 305).
(3) “Jika lain daripada dosa ini tiada engkau mati, barang tipu dayaku, ku perlepaskan juk engkau ….” (p. 338)
(4) After all, the Bendahara’s attitude towards his concept had not been so inflexible. In fact on the latter occasion (Cf. p. 305) his decision was greatly influenced by what can be termed as “public opinion” (saolah olah jadi nama beta disebut orang).
(5) Cf. pp. 331 & 326.
(6) This can be gathered fromtheir remarks when they saw Tuah set out to fight Jebat. One said: “Alahlah kita melihat temasha akan Laksamana bertikam dengan si Jebat itu. Maka sekali ini barulah si jebat beroleh lawan sama berani dan sama tahu,kerana Laksamana pun banyak tahu-nya”; another “Si Jebat pun tahu bnayak maka ia tiada dapat dilawan orang” and yet another: “Apatah kita perhantahkan, kita lihatlah sekarang siapa mati dan siapa hidup pun bertentulah,kerana Laksamana hulubalang besar, sudah ia berchapak DuliYang Dipertuan masakan ia kembali saja.”
(7) Perhaps further light can be thrown on this matter if we compare the situation with the present-day circumstances. Even in
(8) Cf. p. 326.
(9) When Tuah reappeared, they welcomed him with “Hiduplah kita sekalian lepaslah daripada si Jebat itu kerana bapa kita yang mati itu hidup pula.” (p. 325). Their use of the words ‘hidup kita’ gives no doubt whatever as to what they mean.
(10) H.H.T., p. 246.
(11) “The khalif is the shadow of God on earth.”
(12) Compared to Jebat, who, if unconsciously, embodies the new democratic spirit, Tuah is certainly a reactionary.
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