July 29, 2012
English Story Analysis: Generations by Ninotchka Rosca
The story, “Generations” by Ninotchka Rosca, is a very dark, tragic and symbolic story. Rosca did not simply focus on the abusive side of the Philippine Government, but focused on ignorance and negative health conditions of the poor, the togetherness of a Filipino family, empowerment of the women and the and how these things connect to the scenarios in the story.
During the first few parts of the story, the readers are already introduced of the setting of the story, the characters and their condition. The mention of “harvest” shows that the story is situated in a farmland, probably in the provinces. Strengthening this point is the mention of the canal near their house, the “bird-claw” hands that signifies hard work, as well as the sicknesses of the grandparents that show their state of poorness. As early as the first sentence, Old Selo has already signified certain ways of how the Filipino people adapt to certain things. Mumbling, a rather peculiar act, can actually be used to calm oneself to the sufferings and hardships of life. Moving on, the part about the massacre on the possession of the tattoo signifies also the lack of freedom of speech because these tattoos are supposed to bring out the ideas and sentiments of these peasants, but they were killed. The fact that the grandmother was the one who actually was able to find a way to save his husband, shows and introduces the theme of empowerment of the women. Through this, the readers are gained knowledge that this might be about certain parts of Philippine history. This has also introduced that the story would be about violence, most especially on oppression against the peasants, who are rather poor. Also, the military can be seen as a group who has supreme control over the people due...
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