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Copy of Flip Gothic

LITT21 - B Report
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Carmz Daculap

on 28 December 2012

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Flip Gothic About the Author Cecilia Manguerra Brainard is the award-winning author and editor of 8 books, including the internationally-acclaimed novel, When the Rainbow Goddess Wept, Acapulco at Sunset and Other Stories, Philippine Woman in America, and Woman with Horns and Other Stories.

Her second novel, Magdalena, was released in 2002. She edited Fiction by Filipinos in America, Contemporary Fiction by Filipinos in America, and Journey of 100 Years: Reflections on the Centennial of Philippine Independence.

In 1998, she received the Outstanding Individual Award from her birth city, Cebu. She has also received a California Arts Council Fellowship in Fiction, a Brody Arts Fund Award, A Special Recognition Award from the Los Angeles City Board of Education for her work dealing with Asian American youths.

In 2001, she received a Filipinas Magazine Award for Arts and a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Senate, 21st District, and others. She teaches writing at the Writers Program, UCLA-Extension, and University of Southern California. Summary Characters Setting Point of View Theme Arminda (Mindy)- the main character; daughter of Nelia and Jun
Jun - Arminda's father
Nelia - Arminda's mother
Mama - Arminda's Lola; Nelia's mother
Mia - Japanese-American friend of Arminda
Ricardo - Uncle of Arminda
Oscar & Miriam - cousins of Arminda New York
Ubec (Cebu) First Person (different characters) Family
Search for self Introduction Rising Action Climax Falling Action Denouement Arminda (Mindy) was sent to the Philippines by her parents because of her rebellious nature. She was given the care of her grandmother who lives in Ubec. Her Lola tried everything to correct her rebellious nature but failed. Arminda found the animals (the pigs and chicken). She tried to save the pigs for being chopped as Lechon for Noche Buena by telling her grandmother she would change her attitude. During the festival, Arminda slowly changed her attitude and got more aware of her culture. Arminda conventionally changed and realized what she is. She updated her parents on what has happened to her during her stay in Ubec. Interpretation “Formalist Interpretation ” The story shows a twist since Mindy, a Filipina-by-blood, is thwarted with her parents busy lifestyle that she gets to be the “gothic” child in the family.
The story is ironical since she lingers too long in the states that she forgets her true identity, as a filipina. She then recognizes her true identity by seeing the culture of her true people.
“Psychoanalytic Interpretation” We interpret her as a psychologically immature person since she lingers too long with the negativity of her condition that she forgets to grow up properly.
“She is really still just a child. I cannot help wondering if your lifestyle there has forced her to grow up too quickly. – lola/grandmother”
And it is also stated that the lifestyle she has greatly affects her behavior. Since her parents were too busy with their work that they forget to take care of their children properly.
“Cultural Criticism” “Identity Check”
The story shows how culture greatly influences how a person would accepts his/her own identity. How religion influences the peoples way of living, seen by the statue of the Sto. Nino.
The presence of animals in the house also shows how we, Filipinos, give importance to life since “Arminda/Mindy” would not want the pigs to be slaughtered for christmas.
“Economic Interpretation” The Nelia and Jun are forced to work abroad due to economic problems in the country. And though they are economically stable in America, they still have a problem to face with their daughter Mindy/ Arminda.
Group Reflection Plot Conflict Failure of Jun and Nelia to discipline their child properly.
Failure of the parents to be aware and explained to Arminda that she is a Filipino.
Failure of Jun and Nelia to let the child learn from her mistakes.
Failure to train and mold Arminda into the Philippine culture and Cristianity.
Flip Gothic is a story written through exchange of letters between Nelia and her mother. The letters relayed the story about the couple, Jun and Nelia who had a child named Arminda (Mindy).

Jun and Nelia moved to the city of New York for a greener pasture. As Mindy was growing up, she was slowly influenced by the negative aspect of the Western culture. Her mother described her to have “so much anger” which she can’t figure out.
She began smoking marijuana. Her friend Mia, who influenced her, had to undergo drug rehabilitation. They were into a particular fashion called “gothic” wherein she dyed her hair blue and started wearing black lipstick.

Since Mindy’s parents could not anymore stand the trouble she had been giving them, they decided to send her to Cebu, under the care of Nelia’s mother which her mother considered to be the only solution. 
Mindy really gave everyone around her in Cebu a hard time. She was indeed rebellious. She does exactly the opposite of what she’s told to do. Arminda has been so disagreeable, her cousins disliked her. Her language was foul and her behavior was appalling. Despite all these, her grand mom tried to understand her and be patient, considering that she’s only 15.
Nelia’s grand mother blamed Jun and Nelia for what Arminda has become. She said that the family lacked strong foundation and that they spoiled Mindy too much. They did not have an altar at home and seldom heard the mass.

One day, Mindy suddenly changed and became kind to animals. Her grand mom said it must be because of Sto. Niño. In fact, she begged her grandmom not to have the pigs killed, for noche Buena. She became charming to her cousins. The family heard the midnight mass together.

Finally, after a few months, Arminda began immersing herself in their world. She had a better understanding of what it meant to be Filipino.
Her letter to her parents also served as proof that she had changed for the better. She asked them to send her six (6) packages of blue dye and three (3) bottles of peroxide but told them she would wait until next summer before she could dye her hair blue again.
She actively participated in the Sinulog Festival, the annual festival in Cebu in honor of Sr. Sto. Niño. She went around the city together with two (2) of her cousins. They dyed their hair blue.

Indeed, her stay in Cebu has done good to her.

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