Sepang Loca Essay
In Sepang Loca, from the depths of a village well rises the cruelty of a village and the damnation of a village fool by its religious but self-righteous folk. (Clarin, Samantha, 2009) For an education student major in English like me raised with the different genres of literature particularly poems, short stories, essays and drama, my first venture into the play “Sepang Loca” by Amelia Lapena- Bonifacio made me puzzled.
I felt the plot was leading me to a more exciting maze as the story continued to unfold.The use of flashback made me confused and wondered why the story became malicious all the time. The narrator of the play was given enough focus and presented comprehensive details in order to provide the information of the past that would answer the questions of the audience or readers during the actual scenes. The first narration led my reading to boredom, as the narration itself did not arouse my interest at all. But what kept me reading then? Why did I finish reading the drama leaving many questions to ponder on my mind?I was led through the puzzle of the scenes mainly by the mysteries. As I moved step by step through the circular story, I was tempted further with revelations of the scenes and actions of the characters.
But I inferred that I was missing much knowledge on reading drama and with literary devices that must be vital for total comprehension of the play. This was a negative reason that put my reading in trouble. But it made me more curious and determined to finish the drama as the maze of the story aligned with the thoughts on my mind.The characters of the play provided powerful and concentrated details as they informed the readers with their implied actions that dealt with some important points of the play. With an action, a mystery may be demystified.
Although there were not too much puzzles to solve, there were still important points of the play that needed clarifications. The only problem that put me in the bonfire was the presentation of the conflict. The conflict was not that given emphasis since it was already told during the dialogues of the family inside their home.It could be more exciting if the story led the conflict into a more adventurous or more serious case than presenting it during the preliminary scenario.
With its style, the play had its high style. It was because of the evident use of literary devices such as flashback and foreshadowing. Another was the use of symbolisms that provided varieties of interpretations to the readers. Moreover, the actions of the characters did share very vital roles to inform its readers regarding the mystery of the death of Sepang Loca and the cry of the baby heard by Old Elena.
It was also a question why Danilo, the son, was very isolated and aloof whenever villagers talked about Sepang Loca. Although it was not really emphasized on the story, still, it was a very good point to discover and share who is the unknown father of the baby. The actions of the Son are credible because they were well-motivated and reflected internal as well as external problems. The drama could be discussed through catharsis (purgation, cleansing) since it talked about the tragic story of Sepang Loca and her baby.Aristotle used it as the climactic term in his famous definition of tragedy: A tragedy… is an imitation of life that is serious… and in language with pleasurably accessories… in a dramatic, not a narrative form; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions. The tragic death of Sepang Loca and her baby did arouse and excite its audience that drained off repressed emotions after the conflict had been resolved when one villager was able to get the baby from the deep well, and so purified them.
After that, the feeling of the audience or readers towards the play might be changed and discharged. The focus went on the son who became silent and ended the narration with the questionable act. Throughout the play, I did not expect the nature of a character to change significantly, rather pre-existing elements are revealed in a relatively straight-forward way as the character was confronted with unique actions in time.