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Shadow and Solitude
Transcript of Shadow and Solitude
Elements of Drama
Plot as a Framework
Plot as a Framework
Type of Plot
by Claro M. Recto
Shadow and Solitude
Claro M. Recto
- born on February 8, 1890 in Tiaong,
Tayabas (Now Quezon) province.
- studied elementary in Tiaong, and obtained his high school studies in Lipa, Batangas. He enrolled later in Ateneo where he received his A.B. degree, maxima cum laude, 1909. He then learned his LL.M. degree at the University of Sto. Tomas in 1914 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar the same year.
- was reared and schooled in the Spanish language.
- fluent in English.
Poet, Playwright, Essayist
- initially gained fame as a poet while a student at University of Santo Tomás when he published a book Bajo los Cocoteros (Under the Coconut Trees, 1911), a collection of his poems in Spanish.
- staff writer of El Ideal and La Vanguardia.
- writer of a daily column, Primeras Cuartillas (First Sheets), under the nom de plume "Aristeo Hilario." They were prose and numerous poems of satirical pieces.
- his works still grace classic poetry anthologies of the Hispanic world.
- author of the plays lauded not only in the Philippines, but also in Spain and Latin America entitled La Ruta de Damasco (The Route to Damascus, 1918), and Solo entre las sombras (Alone among the Shadows, 1917).
- living room marked by simplicity, good taste, and the atmosphere of the cultured middle class.
- five o'clock on an April afternoon in 1917.
Gabriela - The Wife
Andres - The husband
Marina - The sister
Don Narciso - The uncle
Luisa ' - The family friend
The actions of Andres and Marina as a mistress, are taken through the end of the play which resulted to the death of Gabriela.
- The play opens a scene in the living room where Don Narciso came in and talk to the couple.
- The play is narrated in a way that the events are being told chronologically, from the incident at the club upto the death of Gabriela.
- The clash at the club between Andres and Flores where in, Andres was stabbed by a knife.
- The gossip that Andres is being unfaithful to his wife.
- The conversation of Don Narciso and Andres, upon knowing that the latter is unfaithful to his wife and has a secret affair to his own sister-in-law, Marina. In this scene, both of them became huffy.
- The scene when Gabriela caught her husband and her sister embrassing each other. It is the time where she confirmed that the gossip is true.
The death of Gabriela that resulted to the scene where Andres was all alone.
Being faithful to the people who cares and loves you so much, because it is them which you can considered your greatest treasure.
The play tells the audience to become faithful to your partners and give value to the people who cares for you that much. It tells the reader on how to be contented, because at the end, actions which are already done can't be taken back.
The play can be considered as a true to life story because it usually happens in reality. Many of us don't know the meaning of being contented and when the time comes that something unpleasant happened, that was the only time we are repenting with our sins.
Types of Drama
In the play, Gabriela suffers a great sorrow which leads to her death.