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The God Stealer
Transcript of The God Stealer
José started writing in grade school, at the time he started reading. In the fifth grade, one of José’s teachers opened the school library to her students, which is how José managed to read the novels of José Rizal, Willa Cather’s My Antonia, Faulkner and Steinbeck. Reading about Basilio and Crispin in Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere made the young José cry, because injustice was not an alien thing to him. When José was five years old, his grandfather who was a soldier during the Philippine revolution, had once tearfully showed him the land their family had once tilled but was taken away by rich mestizo landlords who knew how to work the system against illiterates like his grandfather.
José attended the University of Santo Tomas after World War II, but dropped out and plunged into writing and journalism in Manila.
He started a publishing house, and founded the Philippine branch of PEN, an international organization for writers.
José received numerous awards for his work. The Pretenders is his most popular novel, which is the story of one man's alienation from his poor background and the decadence of his wife's wealthy family A short story by Filipino National Artist F. Sionil José. It is José's most anthologized work of fiction. It is not just a tale about an Ifugao stealing a religious idol,
But also about the friendship that developed between a Filipino and an American, a representation of the relationship that developed between the "colonized" and the "colonizer". The story was a first prize winner during the 1959 awards in the Philippines. It is included in the book by José with a similar title, The God Stealer and Other Stories Sam Christie and Philip Latak were best of friends and that was possible because they worked in the same office. On one December dawn, Sam Christie was on his way to Ifugao with his native assistant. It was his last month in the Philippines and in a matter of days he would return to Boston for that leave which he had not had in years. By: Francisco Sionil Jose During their journey, they talked about the grandfather of Philip and the different views in the Ifugao. Philip encountered an acquaintance that he did not want to recognize because the latter called him by his native name. When they had arrived on the village of Philip Latak, they met Sadek, Philip’s brother. From there, Philip told Sam how his brother, as well as all the others in the village, disliked him. After staying for quite some time in the house of Sadek, they went to Philip’s grandfather; but only Philip went inside to meet and talk to the elder. They visited the Mission the following day after having hiked to the villages. And there Reverend Doone invited them for lunch. He told them how he reminisced San Francisco and how he feels like home. Going down the hill, Sam told Philip that he would not leave Ifugao without a god because it’s more than a souvenir and it would remind him of Philip. Philip then told Sam that he would steal a god for him since he made the vacation and the raise possible. They hiked to the village and this time it was not as difficult as it had been the previous day. When they reached the village, they went to the grandfather of Philip. Sam was pleased with the prospect of being inside a native Ifugao house for the first time. He was able to see the Ifugao god for the first time, and he witnessed the rite wherein the blood of the slaughtered pig was poured on the head of the idol, and was returned to where it was kept. The feast began. For some time, Sam Christie was entertained by the dances and the songs, but soon he was bored. He told Philip that he would like to return to the boarding house. Philip Latak went to the boarding house past midnight carrying his grandfather’s idol and he handed it to Sam Christie. They argued if it was better that Philip returned the bloodstained god back to his grandfather. When Sam Christie woke up it was already daylight. It was Philip Latak who had stirred him, his voice shrill and grating. H told Sam that his grandfather is dying. The next day, Sam was told by Sadek that their grandfather is dead and that Philip would not return with Sam to Manila. Philip told Sam that he would not be going back to Manila and that he was the reason his grandfather is dead. From that moment, their friendship was broken. Philip Latak did not, even once, face Sam. He seemed completely absorbed in his work. Sam knew then that Philip was determined to stay and break his bonds with Sam. Sam realized that Philip was carving a new god to replace the one he stole from his grandfather. Elements of the Short Story Characters: •Philip Latak - also known as Ip-pig, is an Ifugao who became a Christian and lived in Manila. By becoming a city dweller, Philip became less sentimental with his cultural identity, beliefs, and customs. His name was derived from the word Philippines.
•Sam Cristie - was an American who wanted to view the rice terraces of the Mountain Province (also known as the Cordilleras). Hewas also interested in purchasing an original figurine of an Ifugao god. His name was derived from Uncle Sam, a representation of the United States.
•Sadek – embraces his culture
•Grandfather - symbolizes time, the old days, past story. Setting: Elements of the Short Story •After World War II
•Rice Terreces Elements of the Short Story Plot Philip and Sam went to Baguio City. During a feast honoring Philip for his return, Philip and Sam were because of the unwillingness of the Ifugao people to sell any Ifugao statue. Philip plans to steal his grandfather's god in return for the salary raise given to him by Sam. After finding out that his god was missing, Philip's grandfather dies. Because of his grandfather's death, Philip decides not to return to Manila with Sam as a form of repentance. Philip transforms himself back into an Ifugao attired in traditional clothing that was in the process of replacing the old Ifugao idol by chiseling a new one. Elements of the Short Story Theme •Lost Filipino’s Culture and Identity
•Colonial mentality of the Filipino People
•Filipino is rich in cultural Heritage Prepared by: Cheska Esteban
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