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dead stars (synopsis/summary, characters, setting..) by paz marquez benitez

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*The story revolves around Alfredo Salazar, a bachelor over thirty, and two women: Esperanza, his fiancée of four years, and a young girl from out-of-town named Julia Salas. Everyone takes it for granted that Alfredo will eventually marry Esperanza. But although he is ashamed to admit it, the intensity of his passion for Esperanza has faded and he is attracted to Julia, whom he meets at a dinner party. But he is aware that all his loved ones-including Julia-would disapprove of his failure to honor his understanding with Esperanza. So he and Esperanza get married and have a family. Then, eight years later, he goes on a business trip to the town where Julia, still unmarried, lives. He goes to visit Julia, whom he has never forgotten. But he is surprised to find that he no longer feels attracted to her. He compares the memory of his love for her to dead stars, whose glow is still visible from the earth for years after they are gone.

*Dead Star is a love story about a man named Alfredo Salazar,who has his fiance in the person of Esperanza and they have been engaged for quite some time. Society views them as an ideal couple. Their wedding is about to take place in the near future. Prior to the wedding however, he sees another girl, when he goes with his father to a judge's house. He tries to seek love in her, but she kinda declines. in that way, Alfredo became a little bit confused in his upcoming wedding where he is about to chose between two options; to do what he should do by marrying Esperanza as prescribed by his parents or to do what he wants to do by having Julia Salas, his dream - the dead star in his life.

In the story, dead stars symbolize a dream for something that is nonexistent. The guy loved the girl. She was his dream, his star. He thought there was love there. But like a dead star which is so far away, and whose shine could actually be the leftover traveling light from it, he was a long way from getting the girl, and the love he thought was possible, never was.


\Alfredo Salazar - son of Don Julian, a more than 30 years old man and a bachelor. He is engaged to Esperanza but him still fleeting to Julia Salas.

\ Esperanza - wife of Alfredo Salazar. She is a homely woman, literal minded and intensely acquisitive. She is one of those fortunate women who have the gift of uniformly beauty.

\ Julia Salas - sister-in-law of Judge Del Valle. She is the other girl of Alfredo Salazar that remains single in her entire life.

\ Don Julian - an old man, a father of Alfredo Salazar and Carmen.

\ Carmen - sister of Alfredo Salas.

\ Judge Del Valle - brother-in-law of Julia Salas.

\ Donna Adella ­- sister of Julia Salas. She is small and plump, a pretty woman with a complexion of a baby with a expression of a likeable cow.

\ Calixta - note-carrier of Alfredo Salazar and Esperanza.

\ Dionisio - husband of Donna Adella.

\ Vicente - husband of Carmen.

\ Brigida Samuy - She is the illusive woman whose Alfredo is looking for.


Ø house of Don Julian

Ø house of Judge Del Valle

Ø house of Don Julian in Tanda where there are coconut plantation and a beach

Ø Church of Our Lady of Sorrow

Ø Calle Real

Ø Sta. Cruz particularly in Calle Luz, hometown of Julia Salas

Ø The time of the story is the Lenten Season because they are celebrating the holy week proven by the procession they made with the Our Lady of Sorrow.

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