The Chiefiest Mourner Analysis Essay
The Chiefiest Mourner 1. Explain the title. In what way is it suitable to the story? ?For me, the author choose the “Chieftest Mourner” as the title of the story because the story shows who suffered most between the legal wife, Sophia and the second wife, Esa. 2. What did the predominant element in the story-plot, theme, character, and setting? Explain? ?Theme because in this part, we can able to know who is really the mourner between the two wives of the poet. For which they are arguing who is the one who will be with the dead body of the poet.
The poet clan together with his legal wife wants to have a peaceful burial for the poet so they want Esa to get away but She insist for she is the one who are there to take care the poet when he is ill. 3. Who is the single main character about whom the story centers? Describe? ?Esa, the Second wife. As for the narrator, the poets niece, She is Young, Accomplished, A Woman of Means. But for me the I understand the story, the Esa reflects to me, she is Kind, had long Patience and with a low Pride.
The poets clan said that she is so scandalous but for me, she is not For she’s only Fighting for her right not as his wife but the chance to be with the poet’s grave for she plays a big role in his life when he’s ill. 4. What sort of conflict confronts the leading character or characters? Explain ? For me, the Leading character is Esa, the second wife Her conflict is that she can’t able to be with the poet’s grave for he’s family doesn’t want her to be there in the honor of the poet’s burial. Despite all her Sacrifice, they don’t want her to be there.
So, as being Kind-hearted and Low-pride, she leaved silently, crying alone, and let everything be handled by his legal family. 5. How is the conflict resolved? ?For me, the conflict resolved here is about the one who will remain beside the poet’s grave, either the legal, Sophia, or the second wife, Esa. And to stop the Argument, Esa the second wife, leave the burial, crying solemly, mourning and set aside all her sacrifices for the poet. 6. How does the author handle characterization? Justify a. By description? ?She didn’t pay much attention at this kind of characterization. She only describe the Esa, the second wife, in simple way.
No further description. May be she want us, the reader to know who or what the character is based on how we understand the story. b. Conversation of the character? ?I like the character way she used conversation to reflect who the character really is. The way they talk, the way they mingle to other. The way they argue to the other one. We can much know what the character is here in the story. c. Actions of the characters? ?The author can show to the reader more clearly what and who the character really is. Based on their action, we can know them well which is not clear just in a simple conversation. d.
Combination of these methods? ?In this kind of characterization, we can therefore conclude and clarify who and what the character really is. We can able to know who they are in the story and what role they are holding. Through this characterization, the way they talk the way they act, we can therefore know who really the chieftest mourner is. If it is either Sophia or Esa. 7. Who tells the story? What point of view is used? Explain ?For me, the first person is the one who tells the story. In this story, she points out who is the chieftest mourner is. She point out this through the way the characters talk and act. . Where does the primary action takes place? Explain? ?For me, the first action is in the hotel where the narrator the first person, the Poet’s niece was sent by her aunt, Sophia, the poet’s legal wife. I conclude that this was where the first action takes place for the poet move here and never come back to Sophia. Sophia didn’t came of this as she didn’t visit or talked to fix or solve their problem. In here, I think the poet decided, since her legal wife didn’t pay much attention of this, as if she care, to find or look for another one and she meet Esa.
The one who plays a big role in his life. 9. What is the time setting for the action? Period of the history? Season? Time of day. ?The author didn’t mention any of time or season. But based on the story, this was happened shortly after Sophia teach the poet a lesson. She tied the poet on a chair when he was really drunk. Then as soon as he able to drink again, he walked away and didn’t come back and Sophia do nothing to stop him, this is the time when he moved to a hotel and Sophia didn’t came of it. 10. How much time does the story cover? ?For me, it’s for a lifetime. A life time for the poet.
Because the story covered all about the poet. When he’s still alive until he’s died and still, the story continue with it. For whom the grave will be with, and who will be there until the last time of the honorable burial for the poet. 11. How does the story get started? What is the initial incident? ?The narrator, the poet’s niece started the story by introducing the poet. His life, his works, his name in the poetry, who she is and the connection to the poet. She also mentioned here what happened to the poet, his Death. 12. Briefly describe the rising action of the story. For me the rising action of the story is in the poet’s Burial. Where both the wives. The legal, Sophia and the second, Esa is there. Wherein all poet’s Family and Relatives and most of the people who knew the poet know about the two, Sophia and Esa. They don’t know whom to give Sympathy and whom to Comfort. Because of this, the poet’s clan, his sister, start argument. This point out who will stay with the poet’s Grave. 13. What is the high point, or climax of the story? ?For me, the climax of the story is also in the poet’s burial. When the sister of the president will be coming in the honor of poet’s burial.
Esa after then conclude that they only want to be there or stay there just for honor, that they didn’t consider all her sacrifices for the poet. In this part, they start arguing whom to be the poet’s grave be with. In this, we also conclude, after revealing each sacrifices, who really suffered most and deserved for the title, the Chieftest Mourner. 14. Discuss the falling action or close of the story. ?After mentioning the climax or the highest peak of the story, the falling where the poet’s family together with Sophia, argue with Esa who will be there.
For me, the falling action of the story is that when Esa made a decision. Being a Kind-hearted and for her love to the poet, she choose to walk away, crying silently, mourning alone rather than to stay there and keep arguing against the sister of the poet. She give away for a peaceful and honorable Burial for the poet. This climax for mine is also the predictable ending. 15. Does this story create any special mood? Explain. ?For me, yes at first, I felt sympathy for Sophia, for the poet left her and lived with Esa.
But since I knew Esa’s sacrifices, everything he did for the poet’s medication, sold her jewels, who took care for the publications of his poem’s, stay on the poet’s side and took a good care, yet, she didn’t given a chance to stay for the Burial, my sympathy turned to her. 16. Is this story realistic or true to life? Explain your answer by giving examples. ?I don’t think so. I didn’t encounter any situation like this before, but I found it realistic somehow for this might possible to happen to each of us. I can’t justify my answer by now for like I said, I didn’t encounter this kind of situation I real life yet. 7. Are the event or incident of the plot presented in the flashback or in chronological order? Justify? ?The events/incidents of the plot presented in chronological order. For me, the plot of the story is the poet’s burial. So as the story goes by, the plot started on the day of the burial where both parties or wives were there. All the people going there didn’t sure whom to symphatized and comfort. And when the clan of the poet arrive, they asking Esa to leave. With this, we can conclude that this might not the end of the story yet. I mean, what might gonna happen to Esa after the incident.
If what will Sophia do. If she’s going to consider Esa’s sacrifices or what. We don’t know. The author give us opportunity to end this short story. 18. Was the selection written as a short story or is it a condensation or excerpt? Is it taken from a collection? ?The narrator, the poet’s niece started the story by introducing the poet. His life, his works, his name in the poetry, who she is and the connection to the poet. She also mentioned here what happened to the poet, his death. 19. What is the general theme of the story? What is the underlying theme?
Name any other story with a similar theme. ?For me, the general theme of the story is that for us to learn to forgive. No matter how big the mistake is, we have to forgive and consider the good things they’ve done. As for the sorry, Sophia must forgive Esa and consider her sacrifices for the poet. She must also give her chance to be there in the burial for she is the one whose there when the poet is ill. 20. Identify yourself with any of the characters. Justify? ?I can consider myself as Esa, like Esa, I always fight for my rights. I will not allow to step my own shadow just for their sake.
I always defend myself from them as long as I know that I have the right to do this. But when the situation became worst and can’t control them, I just leave all behind. Maybe I’m a quitter but it doesn’t mean the wrong is in mine, for I know in myself, I’m just doing good things not just for myself but also for my companion. 21. Does the story contain any of the following elements? Explain a. Symbolism? ?Esa symbolizes dignity ?Sophia symbolizes incongruity. b. Incongruity? ?Despite all Esa’s sacrifices for the poet, the poet’s family didn’t want her to be there. c. Suspense? I didn’t find much suspense in the story except on the scandal happened at the burial of the poet. d. Surprise ending? ?mybe the last ending of the story where Esa choose to walk away can be considered as the surprised ending. e. Irony? ?I can’t find any irony in the story f. Satire? ?The sister of the poet called Esa a shameful bitch in front of the visitors not considering the good things she did for the poet. 22. Was there a villain in the story? a hero? a dynamic character? Describe. ?For me, Esa is the dynamic character she didn’t sit quietly in the corner of the Burial and let them Bully her.
But for the honor of poet’s burial, she just walk away and leave everything aside 23. Can you find any examples of figurative language? Cite them the selection. a. Simile? ?None b. Metaphor? ?The sweetest lyre that ever throbbed with Malayan chords. ?A woman of means ?A horde of black – clan women c. Personification? ?None 24. Does the story contain a single effect or impression for the reader? If so, what. ?I felt sorry for both Sophia and Esa for what happened to the poet. But I felt more sympathy to the second wife, Esa, for she did not allowed to stay in the Burial. 25.
Name one major personality trait of each leading character, and tell how the author makes the reader conscious of this trait. ?Sophia is inconsiderable. She didn’t consider Esa’s sacrifices for the poet. ?Esa is kind. She never left the poet except when the poet’s family pushed her away. ?Poet’s sister are mockery. They judge Esa without knowing everything and not considering her deeds. 26. Does the story have a moral? If not, what do you think the purpose of the author was? ?Like the old sayings says, Don’t judge a book by its cover. Never judge anyone by a test alone but judge them for who they are.