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Analysis
Of
Philippine Literature

Submitted To:
Prof. Jucaban

Submitted By:
Maureen L. Gallano AB-2B

Sonia by Francisco Icasiano

Analysis of Sonia

Sonia is a sort story describing the author's attempts to cope with the sudden and early death of his favorite daughter and his wish to somehow channel his grief and pain to improve his creativity and art. He begins by claiming pain can be beautiful as long as the individual is able to rise above the depression and hopes his tale will help others use their pain in order to grow in character.

He then reminisces about his daughter, Sonia, recognizing all the possible things she could have accomplished if she had been given the chance. Though he is clearly feeling the sharp ache of her loss, he finds comfort in advice offered to him in the idea that he will always remember as a child. Rather than become bitter and angry as some higher power for 'stealing' his daughter away too early, he remembers everything that he loved about her. He attempts to use her innocence and confidence at times when he is feeling especially alone and weak. The tone of the story then changes and focus on Sonia is slightly lost. He speaks of a form of 'premonition' that he had days before her death, in which he saw her die. Before he dismissed it, he pondered the effects it would have upon his 'art' as pain always intensifies creativity. However, he reasoned that he would never be willing to pay such a price just to be a great artist and nothing could ever be worth that kind of suffering.

After her death he speaks of his suicidal feelings yet his prediction was right in the fact that his work did improve as he attempted to release his pain onto paper. Icasiano becomes rather philosophical upon the conclusion of the story as he ponders the meaning of our reality. He presents a theory that our current world is but a dream and our true lives begin on the other side of infinity i.e. Life after death. He concludes by saying...
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