Saturday, July 4, 2009

Personal Reaction on Dead Stars


Rosalie Camille P. Lagrosa :
Reactions on Dead Stars


At first, I never thought that Dead Stars revolves on "love". But when I started reading the short though it maybe a long story to read, that's the time when little by little I understand where the story goes and what it is all about. I like how the author, Paz Marquez Benitez wrote the flow of the story giving the readers questions on what will happen next making them interesting and inspired at the same time. Dead Stars taught the readers like me a lot of lessons especially about love.
For me, I learned that love is really unpredictable but in the end, if it's meant for you, then it's meant for you. If it's not, then it's not. Just like what happened in Dead Stars, Alfredo who is long-engaged to Esperanza was at one point in his life unexpectedly fell in love with Julia though it is forbidden. There arose the unfaithfulness, betrayal of Alfredo to Esperanza because of loving another woman. He was put into a situation where he was confused of what he wants to do and what he needs to do. But I believe that everything happens for a reason and God has plans for us. Like here, after the goodbyes Julia and Alfredo made to each other since Julia alreday know about Alfredo's approaching wedding with Esperanza, Alfredo still married Esperanza though he was still thinking of Julia for that long years of marriage. But when they met again in Julia's hometown and had chance to talk to her, there he realized that the MAGIC was gone and he was over her. From this, I do believe that it's really God's will. In this case, it only means that Alfredo and Julia were not meant for each other. Maybe God has his reasons why Alfredo met Julia and why i the end, he made him realized that it's not really her.

That's why, love is really unpredictable. We can never tell what will happen. But it only means one thing, if it's not destined for us, then it is not. All this time, Alfredo had been seeing "the light of dead stars, long extinguished, yet seemingly still in their appointed places in heaven". Though the magic is no longer there, the memory still remains - maybe it's no longer love but like dead stars, its glow is still visible after they are gone. Yes, it is true! Even if we no longer love the person, our good and bad memories with them will still remain for a lifetime. That is what the author, through Dead Stars wants all of us to learn. It was a great story, a very inspiring one especially in today's world..=))

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