An Analysis of the Classic, "Summer Solstice"

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An Analysis of the Classic, "Summer Solstice"

"Summer Solstice", also known as Tatarin, is a short story that has garnered much attention since its publish date in 1972. It was made into a feature film in 2001, and has been studied in many college classes. Read an analysis of the story here.

"Summer Solstice" Analysis

"Summer Solstice" is a short story that has received recognition both critical and praising. Written by Nick Joaquin, the story takes place in 1850s Philippines during the festival days of St. John. There is a pro-woman feel to the story, which has garnered a lot of debate and attention considering the setting is in a time where women must be submissive. In this analysis, learn about the setting, the themes and symbolism that this short and interesting story incarnates. Summary

The Tatarin, or otherwise known as the Tadtarin, was a three day festival that celebrated a ritual of fertility. This was done only by women. Many men frowned upon the extravagant dances and plays surrounding the ritual. "Summer Solstice" is set during the three days of the St. John’s festival. Lupeng, a Filipino woman who feels closed to her womanhood, is married to Paeng, who is no doubt loyal to her. They have three small boys and live a somewhat wealthy life as they have a carriage driver named Entoy and a maid and cook named Amada.

Guido is a cousin of Paeng’s who comes back to the Philippines after studying in Europe. The story starts when the family is enjoying the days of the St. John’s festival until Guido makes suggestive comments to Lupeng, and even bending down to kiss her feet. This makes her leave abruptly and have a discussion with her husband the coming night. English Lesson Plan Ideas
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Lupeng secretly found herself intrigued by the attention of Guido; she felt that he was correct in saying that...
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