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THE OTHER WOMAN

Group 83 – D Pharmacy

Members:

Sta. Ana, Axelle Anne

Tan, Rhey Antoanette

Tiu, Chrisanthydel

Uy, Philene

Victa, Ma. Nerissa Diane

Villaflor, Ruby Anne Mae

Ysit, Raymond Ivan

I. Author of the Text

Norma O. Miraflor graduated with a degree of AB Philosophy from the University of Santo Tomas. She received various awards from the Philippine Free Press and Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards in Literature. She and her sister are poets and fictionists. Due to their eloquence in English, they both wrote various English poems, fictional stories and novels. She and her sister were like the famous Brönte sisters who were renowned British novelists. She worked as a journalist and taught English and Literature in different colleges and universities in Metro Manila.

She travels extensively and divides her time between Singapore and Australia. She is married to a war historian and communist named Chin Peng. She said in one of her books “I have a list of my husband’s kindnesses as long as my arm. I have often been distracted. I never mean to seem ungrateful and on this score, I am lucky.”

II. Summary of the Text

This story is about a woman who is a writer and a mother of four sons. She is just like a traditional mother who was expected to be dominated by her husband but she differs from other mothers in the way that she relates with her family. Even from the start of her marriage she was not quite open to her husband. She was afraid to show her family her love and affection that is why she became distant to them. She also seems to be quite sad and discontented despite the good life that she has.

She wanted so much to find the love and affection she needed which she couldn’t develop with her own family. This is what led her to being an unfaithful wife and mother. She had an affair with a younger man who also happens to have a spouse. She is fully aware that her infidelity is wrong and immoral. She also knows that she is destroying two families, her lover’s and her own. Despite this, she couldn’t seem to let go of her young lover. Her lover became her only escape to reality. In the end, she was left by her young lover for another woman who was also not his wife.

III. Issues

1. Infidelity (Age gap)

Infidelity is a violation of the mutually agreed-upon rules or boundaries of an intimate relationship, which constitutes a significant breach of faith or a betrayal of shared values with which the integrity of the relationship is defined. In common use, it describes an act of unfaithfulness to one’s husband, wife, or lover, whether sexual or non-sexual in nature. In infidelity, it can be of two areas – physical and emotional.

Infidelity is not just about sex outside the relationship, but about trust, betrayal, dishonesty and disloyalty. Sexual infidelity in marriage is called adultery, philandery or an affair and in other interpersonal relationships it may be called cheating.

What constitutes an act of infidelity varies between and within cultures and depends also on the type of relationship that exists between people. Even within an open relationship, infidelity may arise if a partner to the relationship acts outside of the understood boundaries of the relationship.

Infidelity can be seen amongst a lot of people in the world. Sometimes what causes it is because of early marriage, wrong interpretation of love, or even poor relationship of husband and wife. It is something that a lot of people in relationships or going into relationships should be aware of especially in handling this kind of problems in relationships because once you are in the situation, it will be really hard to deal with and fix the relationship again.

What’s worst in this issue is that you had affairs outside marriage and with a much younger man. It will...
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