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The White Horse Of Alih (Analyis)

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The White Horse Of Alih (Analyis)

Post by Opinion, Nicole Ashley R. on Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:01 pm

Characters
Alih – A Moro who plans for killing the people celebrating the Filipino-American Friendship day
Omar – The older brother of Alih who dictates him on what to doing every aspects of his life
Imam – The village priest who tried to dissuade the two brothers, he explains to them that the prophets did not teach to do it
Lucy – Girl who lived in the reservation area where the americans live, she is the first girl Alih liked
Fermina – a beautiful bar maid with a mole near her mouth, Alih likes her so much but the woman doesn’t like him because of his impertinent manner towards her.

Setting
The story happened on July 4th in a city with a parade of people.

Theme

the short story tells about the tradition, beliefs and faith of the Filipinos.

Exposition
when they decided to become merchants there were rebels who stole their commodities.


Conflict

Alih did not want to kill but the fear he had for his brother while he was growing urged him to the killings and also because his brother taught him that killing will be their way to wash away their shame and gain respect for their father had died by the american soldiers without any reason.

Climax

As he was about to hold her completely, Omar came but to his surprise, he was drunk all along, he realized that Omar had been drinking tuba. Omar was about to kill Fermina.

Rising Action

he saw a float with a girl whom he thought of as Fermina. He went near the float and assisted the girl to go down to the ground and found out that it is Fermina when he saw the little black mole on the corner of the girl’s mouth.

Falling Action

Alih kills his brother despite their plans to gainthe white horse for him to protect Fermina.

Historical Approach

Since the author was born on 1925, this may influence his work on The White Horse of Alih. The setting of the story happened on July 4th in a city with a parade of people. The author might experience this big event in the history wherein the July 4th is considered as Filipino-American Friendship Day.

Analysis

The story started of as Alih the protagonist, moved along the crowd which was celebrating the fourth of July celebration. They were expecting a lot of people in this event because they planned a mass assassination in the town. The story then went on concentrating on the actions and what the characters are thinking before their planned killing. Alih was thinking of his houri and the past memories of their family. His father was accused of killing a man that he did not kill. Alih and Omar’s father was the hadji back then and that he attended the Mecca. The Americans wanted him to submit to the judgment of the Americans. The story continued with the life of Omar and Alih as merchants. They sold their house, their boats, fishing nets and even their mother’s pearls. They then worked for Lim Ching which was a Chinese merchant. They were then robbed by men with guns and clubs. They then went back to sea and stayed there for a long time. After the consumed all their stock of food and water Omar began thinking of killing and dying. By killing we can wash our shame away’ said Omar while staring into the space. The story then went on moving to the parade. Alih saw a girl which resembled his friend that he rode with in the carousel. After confirming that the girl he is looking at is really Fermina, his brother Omar then went berserk and unsheathed his sword and killed people. Omar then went to kill Fermina but Alih protected her and killed his brother Omar.

Opinion, Nicole Ashley R.

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