By Paz Marquez-Benitez
A critical research paper
Written by Maria Grace Virginia T. Tingson
From UST CFAD-1AD8
A night in the Hills is a short story written by Paz Marquez Benitez. It is a story about a man who had a dream about going to a forest, seeing something different than what he has been seeing for years. The story interested me, because it challenged me to understand what it meant, it was a hard story for me to understand because I did not know if it was a metaphor or what so I read the story a couple of times to understand what it meant. The story was like a puzzle for me, it was hard to conclude or guess how the story will end or where the story was leading to and the ending made me think what it meant, what held his hands. When I found out that Paz Marquez Benitez was a Philwomenian the co-founder of my Alma mater, I thought about how silly I was because I did not notice it, I did think the name was familiar, but I did not think much of it. I also read her other short story, Dead Stars, and it made me proud that I was molded in the school she co found. Dead Stars is a form of an allegory, from which the main character, Alfredo, compares his love to Julia as dead stars, whose glow is still visible from the Earth for years after they are gone. While A night in the Hills is also in a form of allegory in which the forest is defined by Gerardo as heaven, where he can find things he missed and so he wished to have. Paz Marquez-Benitez was born in 1894 in Lucena City, Quezon, Marquez - Benítez authored the first Filipino modern English-language short story, Dead Stars, published in the Philippine Herald in 1925. Born into the prominent Marquez family of Quezon province, she was among the first generation of Filipinos trained in the American education system which used English as the medium of instruction. She graduated high school in Tayabas High School (now, Quezon National High School) and college from the University of the...