Feminist approach seeks to discoverawareness, consciousness, and re-evaluation of women – their roles in lifeand their unconsciousness in literature.Women have been denied equal statuswith men, suppressed, have beentreated as inferior creatures, or assumedto “natural” objects of violence frommen.
“DEKADA „70” by: Lualhati BAutista CHARACTERS: (Bartolome Family)Amanda - main character; wife of Julian andmother of five sonsJulian - husband of Amanda and father offive sonsJules - eldest son of Amanda and JulianIsagani - the second sonEmmanuel - the third sonJason - the fourth sonBenjamin - the youngest son
The defining but subversiveFilipino novel, Dekada ’70 wasmade into film by Star Cinema in2003. It is a story about a middle-class family caught in the middle ofa tumultuous decade, become awareof the political policies that haveultimately led to repression and astate of martial law.
It details how this family struggledwith and faced the new changes thatempowered Filipinos to rise against theMarcos government. These series ofevents all happened after the suspensionof the Writ Habeas Corpus, theproclamation of Martial Law, the bombingof Plaza Miranda, the random arrests ofPolitical Prisoners. The oppressiveness ofthe Marcos regime made people becomemore radical.
This shaping of the decade are allwitnessed by the female character,Amanda Bartolome, who realizes theimplications of living within adictatorship after sorting out thecontradictory reactions of her husbandand five sons. While Amanda’s sonsgrow, form individual beliefs and leaddifferent lives.
Julian, her husband supports his eldestson’s (Jules) efforts to rail against thegovernment while simultaneouslyrefusing to condone Amandas wish tofind a job. Her second son Gani, grewup to become a sailor, and became thefamilys cream of the crop. Her thirdson Eman, writes illegal politicalexposes.
Her fourth son Jason, fell victim to acorrupt police department, and heryoungest Bingo, is still aboy. Amanda awakens her identity tostate her stand as a Filipino citizen,mother, and woman. It appeal lies inthe evolution of its characters thatembody the new generation ofFilipinos.
Questions: What is the significance or values ofthe story Dekada 70? How did Amanda fight for her right? Why does Amanda wants to getseparated with her husband Julian?