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The White Horse of Alih (Analysis)

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Post by Mapote, Karl Danric M. on Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:20 pm

The White Horse of Alih

1. Alih – A  moro who plans to kill the people in the parade.
2. Omar – the one who controlled Alih in making decision in every aspect of his life, he also the older brother of Alih.
3. Imam – the village priest who tried to discourage the two brothers to stop there plan of killing.
4. Lucy – the girl who lives in the reservation where the Americans live, she is the girl Alih adored.
5. Fermina – a beautiful bar maid with a mole near her mouth and Alih likes her.

A Moro Village in Zamboanga during the American Occupation and the story happened at exactly 4th of July on a parade.

Plot: Alih and Omar devise a plan to redeem their shame by killing someone.

• Exposition
They decided to become merchants there were rebels who stole there commodities. Alih and Omar are robbed by pirates while sailing across the sea.

• Rising Action
When he saw a float with a girl whom he thought of as Fermina. He went near the float and assisted the girl to go down to the ground and found out that it is Fermina when he saw the little black mole on the corner of the girl’s mouth

• Climax
As he was about to hold her completely, Omar came but to his surprise, he was drunk all along, he realized that Omar had been drinking tuba. Omar was about to kill Fermina.

• Falling Action
Alih kills his brother despite their plans to gainthe white horse for him to protect Fermina.

• Resolution
When Alih was arrested by the authorities because he kill his brother Omar to protect Fermina. His fate remains ambiguous.


The story of The White Horse of Alih tells about;
• tradition
• beliefs
• faith
• criticism

Literary Approach used;

Mimetic Approach
The text is can be related to the reality. If there were discrimination among races, differences among religions and traditions. And the moral aspect of killing is an issue of their faith.

Historical Approach
Since the author was born on 1925, this may influence his work on The White Horse of Alih. The setting of the story happened on July 4th in a city with a parade of people. The author might experience this big event in the history wherein the July 4th is considered as Filipino-American Friendship Day.

Freudian Approach
The main character tries to overcome his feelings on this text but Alih shows his intention to Fermina in the middle of story when he ask for a kiss to the lady.


` In different country there is different culture. They have different tradition and beliefs. But they found love in different way. Even they have different culture, they have the same thought of what is love is. Like the story of The White Horse of Alih. Alih did everything for his childhood crush. Yes, it just a protection. But the true meaning of love how you care.

Mapote, Karl Danric M.

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