Feminism in N.H. Dini's Pada Sebuah Kapal
In this essay, one of NH Dini’s novels entitled Pada Sebuah Kapal (English: On a Ship) will be summarized, reviewed, and discussed. Pada Sebuah Kapal is a novel published in 1672 by Gramedia Pustaka. The novel is the reflection of NH Dini’s life story as for the plot, characters, and settings of place are similar to her personal life. NH Dini herself is a feminist and realist Indonesian author of the 66’s batch, who is originally from Semarang.
The discussion in this essay will be focused on feminism as for NH Dini was known for her feminism ideas, plus Pada Sebuah Kapal is famously condensed with such movement.
With the tranquility of a woman, NH Dini was able to bring the struggle and the uprising of women in the search for identity and freedom. Although only a slight freedom acquired, the main character in Pada Sebuah Kapal, Sri, appears with persistent fight. The story tells about a life journey of a woman who searches for happiness, freedom, and compassion that she deserves to get. Before discussing, here is a brief summary of the story.