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Answers to Guide Questions 1. Desire – the title was appropriate for the story because the main character, which is the Filipina maiden wants or desired to be loved by a man without prejudice, discrimination and fraud. 2. The predominant element in the story is the characters because the story rotates between the two main characters in the story. 3. The characters are said in the table below: Character Physical Attribute Traits Role The brown Has an unpleasant Wanting to have the The main character in Filipina maiden masculine look with purest love that will the story. She hates angular jaw lines and not look at the physical her body because it broad forehead but has appearance of a was so perfect that gorgeous and woman but in the every man that will perfectly-shaped body. inside. look to it will be mesmerized by its beauty. The western Has blue eyes and light In the beginning, he The supporting man complexion like other has pure heart and character and was in people in his country pure intention of the loved to the woman at woman because he the first time. didn’t saw her perfect body but when the time comes, he had been tempted in her body, not her attitude. 4. The main character in the story is the Filipina maiden, it is about how the main character searches the love she wants and finds it in the heart of the western man. But like other men, the western man was also tempted by the beautifully shaped body of the Filipina maiden. 5. Man vs. nature because the conflict between what the maiden have, she don’t want it because it became the most tempting body for other men. 6. The story was told by the writer using third person view 7. The time setting is in the Manila Bay, Philippines precisely at the time where the place is much more like park. 8. The primary action takes place at the manila bay when they first met. 9. The story began as the author writes about the physical looks of the maiden. 10.When the maiden and the man exchanged their letters for each other, curiosity and excitement arouse top them as they want to meet each other. 11. When the maiden and the man meets at last and they had mutual feelings for each other. 12.When the man knew about the maiden’s perfect body, there is no love that forms but temptation like other men perceives her. 13. When the maiden knew that man only loves her body, she was astonished and shocked that the man has no difference to other man who came to her. 14.The maiden had somehow changed but towards the end, the attitude remained to her as she knew that the western man wants not her love but her body. 15.I think, the story was true to life because today, many men didn’t care about the attitude of the one’s who they really love but their body. 16.The events or incident were described in chronological form. 17.Hers was a body that might have been the delight and despair of a painter whose faltering brush tried in vain to depict on the canvas such a beautiful harmony of curves and lines. It has the sense of sight. 18.Curve of the crescent moon – means that she has perfectly curves body. 19.The story is somehow tragic because in the search of her true love, she found the man that eventually turned like other man that treat her body like a mist. 20.The general theme of the story is that you should not look at what the table has, but instead taste the food and you can realize that the delightfulness of life is not at the physical but its inside your heart’s desire 21.Examples are: her breast rose up like twin roses in full bloom; her hips seemed to have stolen the curve of the crescent moon. 22.The author wants us to educate that we should not stereotype people because when we do that, we are not looking for the positive attitude of other people, hence, we are looking for fraud and mistakes that they take. Like in the short story, the maiden was judged by her face and not her heart so she wanted it to be changed. 23.I enjoyed reading the story because you can find moral lessons in the story and in teaches us not to be judgmental to other people.
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