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The Graduation by F. Sionil José: Summary and Analysis


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TITLE: The Graduation
AUTHOR: Francisco Sionil Jose
F. Sionil José or in full Francisco Sionil José (born December 3, 1924) is one of the most widely-read Filipino writers in the English language. His novels and short stories depict the social underpinnings of class struggles and colonialism in Filipino society
REGION: I (Ilocus)
SETTING: In a Province, In Rosales, Pangasinan
Exposition There was a boy who fell in love w/ the girl named Teresita.
Boy is asked by his father when he want to leave the province. And his father have decided that his son will leave tomorrow. Climax
A night before he left, he went to Teresita house to say goodbye and asked her if they can write w/ each other but then Teresita refuses. Denouement
He left his hometown and Teresita and her family move to another place due to their land was sold.
They did not end up with each other.
Love doesn’t always end w/ happy endings.
Man VS. Man
POINT OF VIEW: First Person

The narrator – a rich boy that left the province to study in the city and the one who truly loved Teresita.
Teresita – a poor girl, daughter of the tenant, the narrator loves her so much.
Ms. Santillan – their teacher during their high school years.
Father of the narrator – the one who send his son in the city to study.

Paunch - a large or protruding abdomen or stomach.
Loafer - a person who idles time away.
Portentously - being a grave or serious matter
Reluctantly - feeling or showing aversion, hesitation, or unwillingness
Peculiar - different from the usual or normal
Disheveled - marked by disorder or disarray
Scanty - limited or less than sufficient in degree, quantity, or extent
Engulfed - to flow over and enclose
Shabby - clothed with worn or seedy garments
Trudged - to walk or march steadily and usually laboriously
Soggy - saturated or heavy with water or moisture
Flimsy - lacking in physical strength
Azure - the blue color of the clear sky
Languidly - drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion
Ogled - to glance with amorous invitation or challenge
Sultry - very hot and humid

In a province, in Rosales, Pangasinan. The narrator started the story on how eager he was to graduate when he was still in high school but when he remember the people and the place that he will left behind a great, swelling unhappiness clogged his chest. Especially when he remember the girl named Teresita, she was a proud, stubborn girl who always have a fixed ideas and she was the daughter of one of his father’s tenants. On March afternoon he approached his father asking to give him some money because he want to buy something that he will give to Teresita. He went to a huge bales of cloth in the corner of the store and pick out the silk cloth with glossy printed flowers that cost him ten pesos. When he got the package he hurried went to Teresita house to give her the gift but she rejected the gift he bought for her.
After the eventful years passed it was time for Teresita and him to graduate, but after a tiring rehearsal Teresita nudged him and tell that she can’t attend the graduation program. And he accepted it and understand the felling of Teresita. And in the same week her father was ordered to vacate the place because it was sold.
One afternoon on April he was asked by his after if when he want to leave the province and then his father have abruptly decided that his son will leave the province tomorrow. He hurriedly went to the house of Teresita to say goodbye and requested her if they can write w/ each other but then that night Teresita refuses no matter how he eagerly want to write a letter w/ Teresita, she just can’t because postal stamp will cost her too much. And then he went home unhappy for he will not see Teresita again.

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