Summary of the Wedding Dance by Amador Daguio

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This is sad story of a man, Awiyao, who in spite of being in love with his wife, Lumnay, feels the need to marryanother in order to have a son. According to the story if a man does not have a son he is considered to be inferior to others intheir community. It is not a case of not loving Lumnay, which he does, but of his perceived necessity of a son to beconsidered a man. He is however, insensitive believing the answer to Lumnay's sorrow would be to join the other women at the wedding dance.Little regard for her feelings and the willingness to abandon her seem to be the predominate thoughts in the author's mind.She seems to obsess over the necklace of his grandmother which he had given her. Towards the end of the story I had thefeeling she contemplated suicide but in the end changed her mind.Introduction: The introduction is when the protagonist is in their hut listening to the festivity outside and thinking of the past.Initial Incident: When she remembers how her husband courted her in the past.Rising Action: When they realized that they cannot have any childClimax: When they society norms dictates their future that her must marry another girl to have a childFalling Action: The Wedding Day: She's alone in the house contemplatingEnding: When she's in the field touching the grains. Book Review

They have been married for seven harvest periods yet Awiyao and Lumnay weren't able to producechildrenand Awiyao badly need one to affirm his virility and to establish his place among his tribesmen so he decided to leave Lumnay and marryMadulimay.The story is set in one of the mountainous provinces in the northern Philippines on the eve of Awiyao's weddingto Madulimay, while gangsas beat andwomendanceto celebrate the union. Awiyao slipped away from the celebration toconvince Lumnay to join the dancing women. Instead, their conversation turned to a passionate goodbye, each expressinglove for the other, their speeches filled with recollection of precious memories, finding it hard to let go of one another.Theclimax was reached with Awiyao running, blood surging, resolved to stop the dance and complain against the tribe'sculturethat permits a man to marry another woman if the firstwifecouldn'tbear himchildren. But suddenly she stopped and turned back, defeated.Daguio, in the story presented a clash against a basic human emotion and culture and thus established twoimportant points: that culture transcends love and the bitter truth about the inequality of the sexes. He did not establishthough that Lumnay was sterile. Awiyao could have been the one with fertility problems, who knows? Awiyao's pride forcedhim to leave Lumnay, no matter how he loved his wife. But if he was the one with fertility problems, would Lumnay's love beenough to take him back?On thesecondpoint, their culture permits man to leave his wife and take another woman hoping thesecond wife would bear him children but no such provision for women exists. And although the first wife may remarry, itwould only be after her husband left her. And what if, in Lumnay's second marriage, she would bear children, what of theculture now? About the author

Amador T. Daguio was a poet, novelist and teacher during the pre-war. He was best known for his fictions and poems. Heserved as chief editor for the Philippine House of Representatives before he died in 1966.Daguio was born 8 January 1912 in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, but grew up in Lubuagan, Mountain Province, where his father, anofficer 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. Those four years in highschool were, according to Daguio, the most critical in his life. «I spent them literally in poverty, extreme loneliness, andadolescent pains …In my loneliness, I began to compose verses in earnest.”8 He was in third year high when he broke into print in a national weekly,...
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