What Is the Plot of the Story "Dead Stars" by Paz Marquez Benitez?

By Staff WriterLast Updated May 27, 2020 7:23:41 PM ET
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"Dead Stars" is a short story written by the Filippino author Paz Márquez Benítez. The story was the first story by a Filippino writer to be written in English. It was published in 1925 in the "Philippine Herald." The story focuses on a man, Alfredo, who is engaged to one woman but falls in love with another.

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The short story has been called an allegory of imperialism in the Philippines. It’s a commentary on the decline of Filippino culture as a result of the influence of the U.S. and other colonists.