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Wedding Dance by Amador Daguio (An author-dependent interpretation)


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Wedding Dance by Amador Daguio (An author-dependent interpretation)

  2. 2. • A poet, novelist and teacher during the pre-war. • He was best known for his fictions and poems. • He had published two volumes of poetry, "Bataan Harvest" and "The Flaming Lyre". • He served as chief editor for the Philippine House of Representatives before he died in 1966.
  3. 3. • He was born January 8, 1912 in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, but grew up in Lubuagan, Mountain Province, where his father, an officer in the Philippine Constabulary, was assigned. • He was class valedictorian in 1924 at the Lubuagan Elementary School. Then he stayed with his uncle at Fort William McKinley to study at Rizal High School in Pasig.
  4. 4. • He considered that moment of his life to be full of poverty, extreme loneliness, and adolescent pains. • During this period he became very lonely and was driven to write poetry to express his feelings.
  5. 5. • He graduated at U.P. in 1932. He returned to teach at his school in Lubuagan. • In 1938, he taught at Zamboanga Normal School where he met his wife Estela. • They transferred to Normal Leyte School in 1941 before the Second World War. • During the Japanese Occupation, he joined the resistance and wrote poems in secret, later collected as Bataan Harvest.
  6. 6. • He also taught for twenty-six years at the University of the East, U.P., and Philippine Women’s University. • In 1952, he obtained his M.A. in English at Stanford University as a Fulbright scholar. His thesis was a study and translation of Hudhud hi Aliguyon (Ifugao Harvest Song).
  7. 7. • In 1954, he obtained his Law degree from Romualdez Law College in Leyte. • In 1973, six years after his death, Daguio was conferred the Republic Cultural Heritage Award.
  8. 8. SYNOPSIS Awiyao and Lumnay were husband and wife for seven years but have to conform to the dictates of their culture. After seven harvests, Lumnay and Awiyao are still childless. Not having a child creates a problem with them. Lumnay, as a woman is suspected as infertile. Awiyao has to look for another wife (Madulimay) even if he loves Lumnay so much. On the night of the wedding, Awiyao goes to his and Lumnay’s house to personally invite her to the traditional wedding dance.
  9. 9. SYNOPSIS However, Lumnay, the best dancer in the entire tribe, refuses to go. Then, during their conversation, it is revealed that both of them still love each other, but because of their tribe’s custom, they have to separate. Lumnay tried to fight for her husband. She wanted to defy the unwritten law of the tribe besides they both love each other. During the course of their conversation Awiyao explains his opposition to his marriage to other woman but is defeated with cultural dictates.
  10. 10. SYNOPSIS The love for their tribe reigned over Awiyao and goes back to the ceremony. Lumnay wants to follow, partly because of the dance, and partly because she wants to put a stop to their tribe’s tradition of having to marry another partner just to have a child.
  11. 11. PLOT RISING ACTION The story opens with Awiyao entering his and Lumnay’s house. When Awiyao says he does not want any other woman and they confessed their love for each other.. But they both have to follow their tribe’s tradition. Awiyao has to go back to the wedding dance. When Lumnay says she does not want any other man. EXPOSITION CLIMAX FALLING ACTION DENOUEMENT
  12. 12. HISTO - BIOGRAPHICAL • The story was written in 1952 at about the same time he was writing his thesis (Study and translation of Hudhud hi Aliguyon - Ifugao Harvest Song) for his Master of Arts in English degree at Stanford University in California.
  13. 13. HISTO - BIOGRAPHICAL • This story gained from the author's life among the Igorots of North Luzon - the practice of divorce due to a childless marriage.
  14. 14. HISTO - BIOGRAPHICAL • The triumph of culture and tradition over personal love is emphasized in the story which lets the reader see the way of life and culture of the tribal people of Northern Luzon.
  15. 15. HISTO - BIOGRAPHICAL • Marriage in this culture was seen as more or less a contract between a man and a woman for the purposes of producing children. If after seven harvests, there is no child, either party is free to break the bond and seek another spouse. A childless couple was seen as a very sad matter and often the masculinity of the husband was considered suspect.
  16. 16. THEME • Sacrifice and True Love The couple, Lumnay and Awiyao should give up for their love not only because of what their culture dictates but also to save each other from the scorn of the society. In Awiyao’s case, he had been mocked being childless because a man to be considered a man should have a child.