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The White Horse of Alih (Analysis)

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The White Horse of Alih (Analysis)

Post by Enriquez, JC James on Sun Jul 31, 2016 5:31 pm

• Characters
1. Alih – A Moro who plans for killing the people celebrating the Filipino-American Friendship day
2. Omar – The older brother of Alih who dictates him on what to doing every aspects of his life
3. Imam – The village priest who tried to dissuade the two brothers, he explains to them that the prophets did not teach to do it
4. Lucy – Girl who lived in the reservation area where the americans live, she is the first girl Alih liked
5. 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.

Plot:
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.
Theme – the short story tells about the tradition, beliefs and faith of the Filipinos
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
Resolution- Alih didn't want his white horse anymore

Theme/s:
The story tells us about the faith and beliefs of Filipinos.

Literary approaches:

o Psychological Approach
o Cultural Approach
o Historical Approach
o Humanistic Approach

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.

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