Paz Marquez Benitez
Dead Stars is a short story that revolves around the love affairs of Alfredo, Esperanza, and Julia. Alfredo Salazar, a lawyer, is in a long engagement with Esperanza. Julia enters the scene through Alfredo's constituent. He experiences an immediate attraction to her but he is soon to be married with his fiancée. He conservatively hangs out with Julia through secret meetings and subtle declarations, but in the end, he lets her go, with her gaining the late knowledge of his impending marriage. Is he right in pursuing his marriage with Esperanza or could things have been better if he chose Julia? And are his feelings for Julia as deep as he thinks they are or are they as fleeting as any momentary love affair?
In the other hand there are also people that come and go to their life. Don Julian, father of Alfredo and Carmen. Carmen is the sister of Alfredo. Dona Adella, sister of Julia Salas, a pretty woman with a complexion of a baby. Calixta; work as a note-carrier for Alfredo and Esperanza. Dionisio and Vicente, husband of Dona Adella and Carmen, respectively. Lastly Brigida Samuy described as an elusive woman; the one Alfredo is looking for.
Alfredo Salazar is between of being a coward or was just egoistic. He did not do what Esperanza told him to do. He ignored Esperanza’s advice. He was protagonist and very vulnerable in love. He was trapped in deciding what his heart desires. But in the end, he found himself merely infatuated after he deliberately made a decision. This reflects the society Alfredo Salazar lives in. He cares so much about his reputation; it was as if he would be a lesser man if he turned his back on their wedding.
Everything was seemed to fall apart when Julia knew that Alfredo is getting married really soon. The climax started when the title of the story is slowly described on how love for each other is just a dead star if at the end you haven’t reached it. Alfredo left Julia and continues his...
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