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"Transient and other short stories”
“The Children’s Hour: Stories on Childhood.”
-professor in De La salle University
-Maraan is an obscure writer, not so well anthologized.-Dr. Joyce Arriola (Department of Literature, Faculty of Arts and Letters and the Graduate School of the University of Santo Tomas)
-The current author presents herself as a prose writer whose story “Ghost” has been included in the UST textbook.
-was nominated for an award for an annual fellowship who is completing a work in any of the following genres: poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction
-A bionote on her is being constructed but is not yet ready on a website about her. Settings Characters Plot introduction rising action climax falling action conclusion conflict point of view theme symbolism Ghost: (Merriam-webster)
: a disembodied soul;
especially : the soul of a
dead person believed to be
an inhabitant of the unseen
world or to appear to the
living in bodily likeness :an existence after death
:a later period in one's life
:a period of continued or renewed use,
existence, or popularity beyond what
is normal, primary, or expected Tayuman (flashback of the 1990 crash and the protagonist’s pastlife) The Ghost
- No sense of feeling
The Creator–flat character
- No beard
- Hardly looks fatherly
- Androgynous in appearance
- Taught the art of hand-holding
- Pleasantly rotund but crude in conversation
His / Her Better-half
- Had an argument with the ghost’s past life in the summer of 1984
- Stole a red banana for the ghost when he / she was still alive
- Had a weakness for family and friends gathering
The story began with the accident
that caused the death of the ghost.
commuter train jumped into the
missing tracks and fell into the street
through the pavement.He then
describes how his life was a commuter The protagonist now
describes how it’s like
to be a ghost
- the absence of feeling,
and floating around
as a void. He tells the
story what he was
doing on that faithful
day - he was supposed to
purchase a statue of the
Nazarene for development
works The ghost began to reminisce the life he had. He remembered the memories with his lover and his friend. He also describes how the creator looks like and elaborates how it feels to be a spirit. He then wonders if his
over everthinks of him;
ecalling the love they
nce had. The protagonist waits for someone to remember him which would make him feel alive once more. -The significance of remembering our loved ones and significant events in our life-Death as a natural point in life.-Religious beliefs – Nazarene, Creator, Sto. Nino First Person Ghost
Nazarene / Figurines
Mortality vs. Immortality
Being cut off from earthly life, to relive the feeling of being alive, absence of feeling.
Man vs. Himself
Acceptance of one’s death, coping the inability to settle dispute with loved one. SUMMARY memories of the ghost
Third memory: He then tells that he regrets allowing the person he loves left him, describing how he’d been from the day he left. The story started with the protagonist, which was not named, nor described with a gender, described the accident happened at the Tayuman Station. The narration was told in a first person point of view.
Without any transitions, the story interchanges from past memories, to describing how being a ghost is. First memory: He described himself as a daily commuter of Manila’s Rapid transit system. He described how hard it is to ride one. Second memory: He tells how he discovered immortality on the first nights after the accident in transmigration, and one way to prove it is by trying to submit himself to the road, and let the race-hungry motorheads run over him.He then compares the absence of feeling, the being of non-existence; He then proceeds by telling the reason why was he in Tayuman Street in the first place. From there, he said that he was conducting a casual survey of religious figurines on festive display. Fourth Memory: He started commuting by train when him, and the person he loves started living together. Fifth memory: He describes the “Creator” has no beard, hardly looks fatherly, androgynous in appearance, manner, and speaking. He also describes are also like the “Creator”, hermaphrodites in reverse, having neither set of genitalia Sixth memory: He reminisces on the first time he rode the train. He describes how uneasy he was, than it was in the northern place. Because of this, they did not choose to live in the city, but rather on the outskirts, near a memorial park, in a residential area to be exact. He described how normal their life is. Seventh memory: He described Tayuman street. What caught his eye on that street, is the orange-colored banana hanged on a stand, and past the fruitstand, is the Sto. Nino figurine in a policeman’s uniform. Eight memory: The time they had a terrible argument; blaming his vocation working with the poor, and jealousy. And because of his vocation, is the reason why was he in Tayuman, to buy a statue of Nazarene.
He then again compares the life of human from life of being a ghost. He states that he misses his senses, the human sensations. That “words”, “thinking”, and “doing” is past life. Ninth Memory: Their house blessing, stating that they were not married. Tenth memory: His first friend he had intimately. Last Memory: The sporting event the ghost, and the person both love. And the orange-colored banana the person stole for the ghost. – immortality, lack of sensations – identity – reality over popular belief (God being beautiful and androgynous over the notion that God is a bearded, fatherly figure, spirits are hermaphrodites) devotion work life, living on as a memory Buenaventura, Carlo
Librodo, Jon Jerome