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AXOLOTL
COLONY
Jaime An Lim (1996)
Author
NAME: Jaime L. An Lim
BORN: January 7, 1946 (Cagayan de Oro
City)
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
◙ He received his Bachelor...
CAREER
◙ A writing fellow at the Silliman National Writers Workshop (1973) and the
UP Writers Workshop (1974).
◙ He won an...
◙ For his teaching, the Metrobank Foundation gave him the 2003
Outstanding Teacher Award.
◙ In 1999, he was a fellow to th...
Characters:
TOMAS AGBAYANI
o the protagonist of the story
o a Catholic Filipino who just had his divorce
EDITH
o Tom’s ex-...
Setting
 Bloomington, Indiana
 In America, the marriage can be easily trashed. They can
file a divorce paper anytime the...
After their divorce his wife promptly married her American lover of ten
months and moved out of Bloomington, Indiana, to t...
They had gone outside the state only twice: once to Louisville to
watch the Kentucky Derby and once to Chicago where they ...
Plot
Tomas and Edith, both
graduates of University of Indiana
in Bloomington, married and each
other and had a child. They...
Conflict
•Man vs Man
Tomas wasn’t able to satisfy Edith’s sexual needs.
Because of this, Edith filed a divorce for their m...
The unflinching depiction of acute loneliness.
The story shows that marriage in other countries
doesn’t have much import...
CAPTIVE AXOLOTLS
o The situation of the captive axolotls is similar to
Tomas’ in some ways. His heart was mutilated in
the...
•DRAMATIC OR PROGRESSIVE PLOT
This is a chronological structure which first
establishes the setting and conflict, then fol...
 The story was narrated using the first
person point of view. It can be seen that
the person narrating the story was Toma...
• Philippine Literature Portal. Retrieved from
http://www.panitikan.com.ph/content/jaime-l-lim/
• Recola, S. (July 12, 201...
Members:
Gervacio, Melissa Jane T.
Torres, Andrea Shane M.
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  1. 1. AXOLOTL COLONY Jaime An Lim (1996)
  2. 2. Author NAME: Jaime L. An Lim BORN: January 7, 1946 (Cagayan de Oro City) EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND ◙ He received his Bachelor of Arts in English degree cum laude from Mindanao State University in 1968. ◙ He holds five graduate degrees, including an MA in English and Creative Writing from Silliman University, an Ed. S. in Instructional Systems Technology, and a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature, both from Indiana University, Bloomington.
  3. 3. CAREER ◙ A writing fellow at the Silliman National Writers Workshop (1973) and the UP Writers Workshop (1974). ◙ He won an Honorable Mention for fiction from Focus (1973), a Third Prize for poetry from Philippines Free Press (1995), a Third Prize for poetry from Home Life (1995), a Second Prize for fiction from Panorama (1995), and several Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for fiction in English (1973, 1993), essay (1989), short story for children (1990, 1993), and poetry (1990). ◙ For his outstanding achievement in fiction and poetry, he was awarded the 2000 Gawad Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas by the Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL).
  4. 4. ◙ For his teaching, the Metrobank Foundation gave him the 2003 Outstanding Teacher Award. ◙ In 1999, he was a fellow to the 25th British Council Seminar on the British Writer at Downing College, Cambridge. ◙ For a number of years, he taught in the United States and worked as a TESL consultant at the University of North Sumatra, Indonesia. ◙ He recently retired as a professor of English from MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology where he organized the Mindanao Creative Writers Group, Inc., and founded the Iligan National Writers Workshop. ◙ He is presently the Dean of the Institute of Arts and Sciences of Far Eastern University, Manila.
  5. 5. Characters: TOMAS AGBAYANI o the protagonist of the story o a Catholic Filipino who just had his divorce EDITH o Tom’s ex-wife who moved to the East Coast with their daughter SUZIE o Tom and Edith’s ten-year-old daughter VILMA TEARE o the manager of the apartment where Tom lives MRS. WEINSTEIN o Edith’s former fellow worker o Zoology Department Secretary JOHN STEIGNBERGH o Edith’s American lover
  6. 6. Setting  Bloomington, Indiana  In America, the marriage can be easily trashed. They can file a divorce paper anytime they want. Unlike in the Philippines, Filipinos value their family more than anything not only because of the majority is Catholic but because Filipinos know how important family is.
  7. 7. After their divorce his wife promptly married her American lover of ten months and moved out of Bloomington, Indiana, to the East Coast, taking their ten-year-old daughter along. The story moves back and forth in time. The life of Tomas and Edith prior to the divorce feels very familiar. Both are graduate students at Indiana University in Bloomington: Tomas and Edith, of course, never traveled during holidays, like most other foreign students on a strict budget. The Thai occupants of Apt. 312 were home, catching up on their term papers because you could hear a typewriter thoughtfully going tak tak – tak tak tak-tak. The Japanese couple in Apt. 301 across the hall were doing their spring cleaning and moving furniture with a lot of scraping. In Apt. 308, the young El Salvadoran couple, husband and wife, were sobbing again. Were they homesick? Did they leave small children behind? Had something terrible happened in their troubled homeland? It was ironic that, for all the vastness of America, Tomas and Edith, holed up in Campus View, had seen so little during their long stay in the States. Summary
  8. 8. They had gone outside the state only twice: once to Louisville to watch the Kentucky Derby and once to Chicago where they visited the Art Institute and the Museum of Natural History and went up the Sears Tower to marvel at the dark choppy waters of Lake Michigan that looked wide as the sea. Tomas decides to call his wife, in her new home on the East Coast. The call does not go well; he feels himself begging. His wife says that perhaps she can take their daughter to visit Dumaguete. He falls asleep. Later he woke up in the night, sweating, his left leg dead, his throat dry, as though he had been breathing through his mouth or pleading in his sleep. When he got up for a drink of water, tiny needles pricked his numb foot. He looked at his watch. Three o’clock. Outside the window, the world lay sleeping. Lights lined the streets, but in Campus View almost all of the apartments were dark. Only the insomniac in Apt. 511, pursued by some private demon, was still pacing the floors. Bluish shadows leaped and scuttled around his room. The rest were in bed, breathing quietly in the healing dark.
  9. 9. Plot Tomas and Edith, both graduates of University of Indiana in Bloomington, married and each other and had a child. They called her Suzie. Edith filed a divorce for her marriage with Tomas. Tomas accepted his fate that he will grow old alone. EXPOSITION CLIMAX RESOLUTION
  10. 10. Conflict •Man vs Man Tomas wasn’t able to satisfy Edith’s sexual needs. Because of this, Edith filed a divorce for their marriage.
  11. 11. The unflinching depiction of acute loneliness. The story shows that marriage in other countries doesn’t have much importance. For them, when a problem arises, divorce is an easy choice. Theme
  12. 12. CAPTIVE AXOLOTLS o The situation of the captive axolotls is similar to Tomas’ in some ways. His heart was mutilated in the same way the poor lizards’ bodies are sliced by scalpels. The lizards cannot cry, but that does not mean they are not in pain. The same goes for Tom. Symbolism
  13. 13. •DRAMATIC OR PROGRESSIVE PLOT This is a chronological structure which first establishes the setting and conflict, then follows the rising action through to a climax (the peak of the action and turning point), and concludes with a denouement (a wrapping up of loose ends). •FLASHBACK AND SYMBOLISM The use of the axolotl is as a symbol of Tomas’ struggles clearly shows that in the piece, symbolism was used. Flashbacks can be seen as well because of the bits of Tom and Edith’s married life present in the story. Plot and literary devices used
  14. 14.  The story was narrated using the first person point of view. It can be seen that the person narrating the story was Tomas who happened to be the main character of the story. Point of view
  15. 15. • Philippine Literature Portal. Retrieved from http://www.panitikan.com.ph/content/jaime-l-lim/ • Recola, S. (July 12, 2015). The Axolotl Colony.Retrieved from https://prezi.com/tfjopnyn7xg8/the-axolotl-colony/ • TheAmazingAmado. (February 5, 2013).The Precariousness of the Human Condition as reflected on 5 Filipino Short Stories.Retrieved from https://theamazingamado.wordpress.com/tag/jaime-an lims-the-axolotl-colony/ References
  16. 16. Members: Gervacio, Melissa Jane T. Torres, Andrea Shane M. STEM - A

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