Thursday, February 23, 2006

Love in the Cornhusks/The Virgin

The story “Love in the Cornhusks”, is another Filipino story for me because of the mentions of barrios and senyora.

The story’s setting was like in a barrio. There was a girl named Tinang who worked for a Señora. Tinang had a son with a bagobo which was described to have big ears because maybe because of the description native and ‘natives’ usually as we imagine it have big ears because its part of their genes. There were two people mentioned. Tinang’s past and first love Amado and Tinang’s present Inggo. Tinang and Amado were separated. Now, the reason why Tinang and Amado were separated was because Amado’s mother was sick and he had to go home to his place and take care of her. After that Tinang again was said again to be pregnant. After a while, Tinang was spwending her life with Inggo, she got a letter from the post office from Amado which was about Amado’s concern about his relationship with Tinang. While she was reading the letter, I was sick of the girl because Amado is her loved one but yet she left him for another guy and the baby she could be holding can be Inggo’s. For me, I believe that if you love a person, you can wait for him provided the time is not forever and communication is still possible. Love is a sacred word for me that I only say “I Love You” to a person I really love because nowadays from my own experience, that “I love you” is a common term and laughed or even joked about and it makes me sick reading the story of this character tinang.I notice in the story that maybe the author was trying to point out how girls think, very unpredictable and constantly changing, like when Tinang was reading Amado’s letter to her, it seemed like she wanted to go back to him.
Next story,”The Virgin” by Kerima Polotan. For me the story was Filipino in a way as stated in the story that Ms Mijares takes care of her mother which usually happens here in the Philippines and not like in other countries like USA where people just leave their parents in Nursing homes like “Home for the aged”. The story is quite long and for me, it’s just like another day in a person’s life which makes me yawn and wish to our professor that please ma’am give as another story rather than this. This is so ordinary that it’s quite dull.

5 Comments:

At 9:20 PM, Blogger lhenne said...

hi...

I don't think "The Virgin" is quite dull.

Actually, I find it entertaining though I must agree with you that it's just an ordinary story..

I think you just find it dull and boring because of the fact that you can't relate to it


I mean..the story was published in 1960's or so I thought and for a person who was born in the late 20th century...the Marcos era was really dull but you know if you just view it as kind of art it can never be boring. Literature might be boring for most people but it's up to you how to approach it.


Thank you.

 
At 12:02 AM, Blogger rachel said...

love in the cornhusk is very interesting story.Actually, I am doing my research about these story and somehow through this site,i can pick up a wide knowledge about this story.my title is "Major character in Aida Rivera Ford's Love in the Cornhusk;Gender Analysis.
Kindly comment on these research study.thank you and God Bless.

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger judy_eap said...

I don't think u understand Ida Rivera Ford's "love in the cornhusks" quite enough .... please reread the story and consider other possibilities ..what about the place? ..what about the technology available? ..did Amado leave her with a clue that he was coming back? how long has it been? ..whose child was it, really? .. and how about the character Tinang? her upbringing? her view of herself, her situation, and what she has become? ..before we criticize we learn to put ourselves in the place of the main character and get rid of our own orientation and adapt theirs ..I don't believe a writer as good as Ida Rivera Ford would give us a "plain, unfaithful idiot" for a main character if we can't relate to her in some way ...

 
At 7:14 PM, Blogger khai said...

..its a story similar to what is the trend nowadays..it should be read by teenagers like me...

 
At 7:14 PM, Blogger khai said...

..this story really implicates what is the trend nowadays..it should be read by teenagers like me.

 

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