Summary of the Wedding Dance by Amador Daguio

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Summary:
This is sad story of a man, Awiyao, who in spite of being in love with his wife, Lumnay, feels the need to marryanother in order to have a son. According to the story if a man does not have a son he is considered to be inferior to others intheir community. It is not a case of not loving Lumnay, which he does, but of his perceived necessity of a son to beconsidered a man. He is however, insensitive believing the answer to Lumnay's sorrow would be to join the other women at the wedding dance.Little regard for her feelings and the willingness to abandon her seem to be the predominate thoughts in the author's mind.She seems to obsess over the necklace of his grandmother which he had given her. Towards the end of the story I had
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But suddenly she stopped and turned back, defeated.Daguio, in the story presented a clash against a basic human emotion and culture and thus established twoimportant points: that culture transcends love and the bitter truth about the inequality of the sexes. He did not establishthough that Lumnay was sterile. Awiyao could have been the one with fertility problems, who knows? Awiyao's pride forcedhim to leave Lumnay, no matter how he loved his wife. But if he was the one with fertility problems, would Lumnay's love beenough to take him back?On thesecondpoint, their culture permits man to leave his wife and take another woman hoping thesecond wife would bear him children but no such provision for women exists. And although the first wife may remarry, itwould only be after her husband left her. And what if, in Lumnay's second marriage, she would bear children, what of theculture now?
About the author
Amador T. Daguio was a poet, novelist and teacher during the pre-war. He was best known for his fictions and poems. Heserved as chief editor for the Philippine House of Representatives before he died in 1966.Daguio was born 8 January 1912 in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, but grew up in Lubuagan, Mountain Province, where his father, anofficer in the Philippine Constabulary, was assigned. He was class valedictorian in 1924 at the Lubuagan

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