Analysis of Dekada’70
According to the reporter of this story Dekada '70 is set in the turbulent Martial Law era in Philippine history. In the 1970's, the Republic of the Philippines was under the rule of then President Ferdinand Marcos. On September 21, 1972, Marcos declared Martial Law which placed the country under the rule of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, but kept himself in power. Under the Martial Law era, Marcos consolidated control of the armed forces, freedom of the press was severely limited and opponents of Marcos were detained.
Dekada '70 is the story of a family caught in the middle of the tumultuous decade of the 1970's. It details how a middle class family struggled with and faced the changes that empowered Filipinos to rise against the Marcos government. This series of events happened after the bombing of Plaza Miranda, the suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus, the proclamation of Martial Law and the random arrests of political prisoners. The oppressiveness of the Marcos regime made people become more radical. This shaping of the decade are all witnessed by the female character, Amanda Bartolome, a mother of five boys. While Amanda's sons grow, form individual beliefs and lead different lives, Amanda reaffirms her identity to state her stand as a Filipino citizen, mother and woman. Dekada '70 introduces the new generation of Filipino readers, to the story of a family of a particular time in Philippine history. Its appeal lies in the evolution of its characters that embody the new generation of Filipinos. It is the story about a mother and her family, and the society around them that affects them. It is a tale of how a mother becomes torn between the letter of the law and her responsibilities as a mother.
I read this for the first time when I was 16 years old for school. I revisited it 10 years after and I just have to admit how wonderfully written this novel is. Lualhati Bautista was able to capture the essence of Martial Law and the passion of the common Filipinos during that time.
Countless stories that was shared to me by my grandparents and their friends made me compare how realistic and heartbreaking it is to live in a time of turn oil. A must-read; perhaps, younger generations will get to appreciate what we have today. I had to read "Dekada '70" back in college as an assignment, but thankfully, it turned out to be a good read. The book, I believe, gives good insights to the perils of martial law. But more importantly, I think the book tells more of a woman's "enlightenment" and journey to "self-empowerment". When Martial Law came upon the Filipinos, everyone struggled to fight for justice and the truth. Lualhati Bautista's Dekada '70 narrates the story of a middle-class family caught in between the war of ideals between the administration and the common people. This book is close to the heart of Filipinos who still believe that democracy and the respect for human rights are the foundations of the country's existence. A feminist view of living in a patriarchal society. This book embarks how women can fight for their right to be a part of the society and not just mere inferiors to men. Really enjoyable read.
A mother, a family, and a society struggling to survive a government of hate, corruption and oppression. The story is beautifully told with utmost sincerity without being sentimental.
Analysis og Luha ng Buwaya
Luha ng Buwaya or, "Crocodile's Tear" in translation, is a 1983 novel written by Palanca Awardee and Filipino novelist Amado V. Hernandez. It consists of 53 chapters. The story is about poor farmers uniting against the greedy desires of the prominent family of the Grandes. In Filipino idioms, "crocodiles" were used to symbolize those people who arecorrupt. The "buwaya" (crocodile) in the title refers to the Grandes family, who were greedy for money. Amado was born on September 13, 1903 and died at the age of 67. He is the son of...
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