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Footnote to Youth


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Footnote to Youth by Jose Garcia Villa

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Footnote to Youth

  1. 1. A literary piece by Jose Garcia Villa Entitled: Footnote to Youth
  2. 2. Who is Jose Garcia Villa? He is a poet, a critic, a short story writer, and a painter. Jose Garcia Villla was born in Singalong, Manila, on 05 August 1908. His parents were Simeon Villa who is a personal physician of revolutionary General Emilio Aguinaldo, and Guia Garcia. He graduated from the UP High School in 1925 and enrolled in the pre-med course.
  3. 3. • A short biography prepared by the Foreign Service Institute said Villa was first interested in painting but turned to writing after reading Sherwood Anderson's "Winesburg, Ohio." • Meanwhile, he devoted a good part of his time writing short stories and poems. Soon he started exerting his leadership among the UP writers. • His ideas on literature were provocative. He stirred strong feelings. He was thought too individualistic. He published his series of erotic poems, "Man Songs" in 1929. It was too bold for the staid UP administrators, who summarily suspended Villa from the university. He was even fined P70 for "obscenity" by the Manila Court of First Instance.
  4. 4. List of his works Short Story • Philippine Short Stories (1929) best 25 stories of 1928 • Footnote to Youth (1933) Poems • Many Voices (1939) • Poems (1941) • Have Come Am Here (1941) • Selected Poems and New (1942) • A Doveglion Book of Philippine Poetry (1962)
  5. 5. Footnote to Youth
  6. 6. Elements of Short Story • Setting Farm • Characters Dodong Teang Blas Tona • Point of View Third person (central)
  7. 7. Plot • Exposition – Dodong was fully decided to marry Taeang and intended to tell it to his father…
  8. 8. • Complication – Taeang regretted to be married at their early age. Plot
  9. 9. • Crises – Dodong has a question that he can’t answer… “Why life forsaken after love?” Plot
  10. 10. • Climax – When Blas was at his eighteen years of age, he asked permission to his father Dodong to marry Tona… Plot
  11. 11. • Denouement – Dodong was helpless. He couldn’t do anything but to give his consent. Plot
  12. 12. • Ending – Dodong was really feel sad and sorry for his son. Plot
  13. 13. Summary Dudong is 17 year old young who is impatiently waiting for his father to return home so that he can tell him of his love for Teang and his desire to marry her. He feels that at 17 he is a grown man and is ready for the next important step in his life. When he tells his father that he has asked Teang to marry him and wants his blessing, there is a long and cruel silence. His father asks if he must marry her because Dudong is very young. Dudong resents his father's question, and finally his father gives his consent.
  14. 14. Nine months later, Dudong is waiting outside while Teang gives birth to their first son, Blas. He feels young and inexperienced, a contrast to how he felt nine months ago. Dudong did not want any more children, but they came anyway. For the next six years, Teang gave birth. Seven children in all.
  15. 15. Teang did not complain. However her body was now shapeless and thin from bearing so many children and from the hard work of caring for them and the household. Even though she loved Dudong, she cried and wished that she had not married so young.
  16. 16. There had been another suitor, Lucio, who was nine years older than Dudong. She chose Dudong because he was so much younger. Lucio had married after she married Dudong, however, he was childless. She wonders if she had married Lucio, would she be childless? She feels that would have been a better lot in life. But she loves Dudong, even though life has made her old and ugly.
  17. 17. One night Dudong goes outside and thinks about his life. He wants to have the wisdom to know why life does not fulfill Youth's dreams. Why did life forsake you after love? He never finds the answer.
  18. 18. When Blas turns 18, he comes home and tells Dudong that he wants to marry Tena. Dudong at this time is only 36 years old, but he is portrayed as a much older man. Dudong does not want Blas to marry so young.
  19. 19. He asks the same question his father asked him. Does Blas have to marry Tena? He does not want him to make the same mistake he did. Blas also reacts with resentment. Dudong realizes that he is dealing with Youth and Love, and they will triumph over this situation. After that, comes real life. He gives his consent, feeling sad and sorry for his son.
  20. 20. Theme • Enjoy being Youth • Responsibilities and Realities; • Decision Making
  21. 21. Evaluation Part
  22. 22. What is the full name of author of Footnote to Youth? And give a little description about him. Answer: Jose Garcia Villa is a poet, a critic, a short story writer, and a painter.
  23. 23. Name the main characters of the literary piece Answer: Dodong, Taeang and Blas
  24. 24. What is a footnote? Answer: A footnote is simply defined as a note at the foot of the page. It is often used to give additional information to the reader regarding certain words or phrases in the text
  25. 25. THAT’S ALL THANKYOU!  -Crisanta & Clarisse