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GHOST

CONNIE JAY MARAAN


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
CONNIE JAY MARAAN was/is

written works:
o The Boundary
o "Transient and other short stories
o The Childrens Hour: Stories on
Childhood.
professor in De La Salle University
an obscure writer, not so well anthologized.-Dr.
Joyce Arriola (Department of Literature,
Faculty of Arts and Letters and the Graduate
School of the University of Santo Tomas)
ahe current author presents herself as a prose
writer whose story Ghost has been included
in the UST textbook.
was nominated for an award for an annual
fellowship who is completing a work in any of
the following genres: poetry, fiction, drama,
and creative nonfiction
a bionote on her is being constructed but is not
yet ready on a website about her.

SETTINGS:

Tayuman
flashback of the 1990 crash and the
protagonists life

CHARACTERS:
1. The Ghost
genderless
no sense of feeling
2. The Creator
flat character
no beard
hardly looks fatherly
androgynous in appearance
3. Friend
taught the art of hand-holding
pleasantly rotund but crude in
conversation
4. His / Her Better-half
had an argument with the ghosts past life
in the summer of 1984

stole a red banana for the ghost when he /


she was still alive
had a weakness for family and friends
gathering

SUMMARY/ANALYSIS (1):
The story is all about a ghost who died when the
Tayuman LRT Station suddenly collapsed and the
train came falling down on his face. A recently dead
man recalls how he came to be in the afterlife and
according to him, he has seen Christ because of that
incident.

In Connie Jan Maraans story entitled Ghost, she


applied various symbols to express what happened
in the accident, used rhetorical devices to make the
story more colorful and depicted the possible events
that may happen after death. Maraan is an
interesting writer who uses lively descriptions and
language in depicting the realities presented in the
story. She helps the readers attain a good
understanding of the possible beauty in what could
otherwise be morbidity in its very notion. Death is
presented and tackled in the most acceptable terms
like making anything possible because of the
absence of feeling.

Analyzing the story using symbolical Approach, we


would

probably

be

asking

ourselves

what

symbolizes the train and statues or medallions in the


story, or if it is possible for a dead person to still
live in our world, and if it is possible for him to
remember his life before death. Death is the main

idea that the story is presenting. We know that if a

being alive. She misses feeling things. While I

man dies, he/she will either go to heaven or hell.

know I have lived through them, knowing is not

But in Maraans story the spirit, she presented that if

feeling. Since she is already dead, she no longer

a person dies, he/she will be remain in another

has the senses of a living person. Sight, touch, taste,

persons heads and will stay as a memory. Just like

hearing. She also missed the feeling of love and her

religious statues or medallions that reminds us that

loved one. Maybe, someday, Tayuman will reward

God is with us all the time. We can conclude that

you with a glimpse of my ghost. This statement of

the story is telling us not to disregard our deceased

hers was addressed her loved one.

loved ones, to always let them remain in our hearts


and make their memory live with us always.
As what the story was telling, she was trying to buy
a figurine from Tayuman and slabs of concrete fell
When people think of trains and their functions,

on them, which what caused her death. In a bitter

they simply view them as modes of transportation.

sweet way, shes like saying that if her lover would

In this story, this is not solely the case. While it is

someday visit Tayuman, she wanted that her lover

true that trains are included in the setting, the trains

would remember her, the spot where she died and

may be present for underlying reasons.

the moment the accident happened. I think in this


part she is getting emotional. She had so many
unfinished things in life, restless with her death but

As Connie uses train as a symbol, It has been used


as a place where the protagonists accidentally meet,
go their separate ways with her love ones, take the
time to think, work on something or just
contemplating, and even as a place of rest and
relaxation. As the protagonist journey back and

yet optimistic in a way: remembering and


highlighting on the things that were special to her
and sentimental.
As the symbols point it, the main character of the
story just needs to accept her death and move on.
There is nothing she can do anymore.

forth in his memory in the train it helps him relieve


his doubt and make him realize that things had
happened and that he is dead.
As a moral, people should live their lives as if its
In the story, the main character doesnt want to die

our last to prevent experiencing what the main

or even to accept that she is dead. She always

character did. We should let our loved ones feel that

reminisced so many things that she left that needed

we love them every day, so that when our day

to done. I miss my senses, or rather cant get use to

comes, we wont be regretting anything we didnt

having them. This statement shows that she misses

do when its already too late to change.

ANALYSIS (2):
In Connie Jan Maraans story entitled Ghost, she
applied various symbols to express what happened
in the accident, used rhetorical devices to make the
story more colourful and depicted the possible
events that may happen after death. Maraan is an
interesting writer who uses lively descriptions and
language in depicting the realities presented in the
story. She helps the readers attain a good
understanding of the possible beauty in what could
otherwise be morbidity in its very notion. Death is
presented and tackled in the most acceptable terms
like making anything possible because of the
absence of feeling.

Analysing the story using Mimetic Approach, we


would probably be asking ourselves if it is possible
for a dead person to still live in our world, if it is
possible for him to remember his life before death.
Death is the main idea that the story is presenting.
We know that if a man dies, he/she will either go to
heaven or hell. But in Maraans story the spirit, she
presented that if a person dies he/she will be remain
in other persons heads and will stay as a memory.
We can conclude that the story is telling us not to
disregard our deceased loved ones, to always let
them remain in our hearts and make their memory
live with us always.