Who Is Chieftest Mourner? a Literary Analysis of Aida Rivera-Ford’s the Chieftest Mourner

1216 Words Nov 30th, 2012 5 Pages
Vallo, Rodeann Angelica D. May 22, 2012
Section 4N
Who is Chieftest Mourner?
A literary analysis of Aida Rivera-Ford’s The Chieftest Mourner
Who would possibly claim the higher sovereignty, is it the legal wife or the mistress? This is just the question that the author leaves us. The story related on the life of the couple who are separated because of their misunderstanding. There is a tendency that a husband finds another woman to marry who is the one who can understand him, be with him in sorrow or even in happiness and it’s his own choice. Aida Rivera Ford’s piece “The Chieftest Mourner” shows the loyalty and pure love of mistress to the poet, which makes her
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Mistresses are wicked in the eyes of most Filipinos. They ensnared husbands, they are horrid, they are no good to the society, they ruin families, these is what people used to say and see when they heard off or even see a mistress. Isn’t unfair for the part of these persons to be judged and be degraded without even knowing who they really are and what they have done?
Just like what happened to the poet’s mistress. Basically, the ridiculous funeral set up leads us to the point of knowing this mistress deeper.
Aida Rivera-Ford used symbolisms for the reason of showing the depths of the wives love for their husband. “…Aunt Sophia was sitting in one of the front pews at the right section of the chapel. She had on a black and white print which managed to display its full yardage over the seat. Across the aisle from her was a very slight woman in her early thirties who was dressed in a dramatic black outfit with a heavy veil coming up to her forehead…”(Ford 2) The style of clothing they wore shows their feelings of compassion for their destroyed husband. Aunt Sophia’s black and white print clothes symbolize her shallow sympathy and love for the poet while for the mistress’ dramatic black outfit pictures out her deepest love and condolence for her husband.

The cluster of white flowers that was seen by the poet’s niece near the casket with the note “From the Loyal One” definitely I

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