The White Horse of Alih
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The White Horse of Alih By: Emigdio “Mig” Alvarez Enriquez A. Biography of the author Emigdio Alvarez Enriquez was born on the year 1925. He is a Filipino by birth. He started writing at the age of 20. He is a novelist, story writer, and playwright. Among his famous literary works are: Blood on the Moon, A Tale of Two Houses, Cachil Kudarat (Sultan of Mindanao) or Cachil Corrala, and Labaw, Donggon. All of this short stories won Palanca awards in the year
B. The Issue inside the story
• Psychological effect of man's alienation from the society where he is • Racial Discrimination • Traditions in religion • Psychological impact of an individual’s experiences • Quarrel between religions • Discrimination based on religion
C. ELEMENTS OF STORY
• Setting The story happened on July 4th in a city with a parade of people. • Characters ➢ Alih- a Moro who plans for killing the people celebrating the Filipino- American Friendship Day ➢ Omar- the older brother of Alih who dictates him on what to do in every aspects of his life ➢ Imam- the village priest who tried to dissuade the two brothers, he explain to them that the prophets did not teach to do it
➢ Lucy - girl who lived in the reservation area where the Americans live -she is the first girl Alih liked ➢ Fermina - a beautiful bar maid with a mole near her mouth - Alih likes her so much but the woman doesn’t like him because of his impertinent manner towards her.
The story happened on July 4th in a city with a parade of people. It was a happy day for everybody because they are celebrating the big American Holiday. Among the crowd was Alih, a Moro who was then looking for his brother, Omar. That day was intended for them to fulfill their plan. Their plan is to kill these people. So Alih waited for his brother, he went out of the crown and sat under the Balete tree. While he was sitting and looking at the parade, he remembered his past, his childhood and his growing years where he met the women whom he wished and longed for and he remembered his mission. That is—to kill the people. But people can’t notice them as Moros because they were in disguise. When he saw a man riding a horse and controlling the crowd, he remembered how much he longed for a horse for himself. He recalled when his brother punished him because he spent his earnings just to ride in a merry – go- round. He wanted to ride on a wooden horse because he saw the girl whom he liked most and her name was Lucy. Lucy was the girl who lived in the reservation area where the Americans live. Moros were not allowed to enter that vicinity. But because he needs to go to school, he cross the river and reached the reservation area. There he saw the first girl he liked. Though, they were not given the chance to see and talk to each other since then. When he grew up, Omar told him about how the American soldiers killed their father without any reason. Their father was known and respected in their village. With these, Omar taught him
to be brave and be able to fight against these people because he believes that only by killing could they wash away their shame. He taught him words to live by and beliefs to be respected and attained. As he grew into a mature individual, he met another woman named Fermina. Fermina was a beautiful bar maid with a mole near her mouth. He likes her so much but the woman doesn’t like him because of his impertinent manner towards her. He was put to jail for six months because of what he did. Remembering all of these from his past, he thought of what Omar said about the promise of their prophet to those who are faithful to him. That is to have a white horse ride to heaven and as many hours as the number of infidel heads he could lay before Allah. But when he thought of what their Imam said that white horse, as a reward for killing is an reference conjured by fanatics in their attempt to give reason to their behavior. The prophet never taught them about that because he was man of peace. So back to reality, he continued searching for Omar into the crowd. Soon 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. As he was about to hold her completely, Omar came but to his surprise, he was drunk and tipsy! All along, he realized that Omar had been drinking tuba. He knew that Omar was afraid to kill that is why he drink tuba first before he go to the town. Omar shouted and leap to the street, and then he gets his fatal blade from his pants. The crowd screamed. Fear and panic seized everyone. Everyone is running and escaping from Omar, even fermina jumped into the ground and run away but she got stocked from a bamboo frame of the float because of her long flowing robe that hooked on the edge of the bamboo frame. She tried to set her free but she saw Omar coming to her swinging his blade. Fermina screamed and screamed because of fear. The screams struck Alih because he saw that Fermina the girl he was love is in danger and get his blade from his leg immediately and then he leaped to his brother Omar and hit its back by his sharp blade repeatedly. Omar died.
The town spoke out about the strange tragedy for many days after. But nobody had known Alih, and nobody could figure out why he turned against his brother.