Short Story Analysis: "Wedding Dance" by Amador Daguio
I. Wedding Dance
by Amador Daguio
II. SYNOPSIS/ SUMMARY
Awiyao and Lumnay were husband and wife for seven years, but now the husband has to marry another woman, Madulimay, because Lumnay was not able to give him a child. (In their culture in the mountains during those times, having a child to follow after the husband’s name was a must.)
On the night of the wedding, Awiyao goes to his and Lumnay’s house to personally invite her to the traditional wedding dance. However, Lumnay, the best dancer in the entire tribe, refuses to go. Then, during their conversation, it is revealed that both of them still love each other, but because of their tribe’s custom, they have to separate.
Awiyao goes back to the wedding, to the wedding dance, after being fetched by some friends. Lumnay wants to follow, partly because of the dance, and partly because she wants to put a stop to their tribe’s tradition of having to marry another partner just to have a child.
III. SHORT STORY ELEMENTS
1. Lumnay – a woman who was left by her husband because he had to marry another woman/ Developing 2. Awiyao- the husband stated above / Flat
3. Madulimay – Awiyao’s new wife / Flat
B. PLOT - Linear
The story opens with Awiyao entering his and Lumnay’s house.
b) Rising Action
Things start to heat up when Lumnay says she does not want any other man.
There is more intensity when Awiyao says he does not want any other woman.
d) Falling action
But they both have to follow their tribe’s tradition.
Awiyao has to go back to the wedding dance.
a) place – in the mountains somewhere in the Philippines
b) time- a long time ago
c) weather conditions- fine
d) social conditions- lower-class
e) mood or atmosphere- sad and tense
D. POINT OF VIEW...
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