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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tao Kim Hai was born in Vietnam. He spent his first eighteen years studying in French schools in Vietnam and at an early age,
he began to write Vietnamese poems. In 1932, he went to France where he studied law, French poetry, and short stories and worked as
a journalist. He has also written short stories and published some articles in American magazines like Esquire, Gourmet, and The New
Yorker.

In 1945, Hai became a member of the French Delegation to the French Conference and to the San Francisco Conference. He
also became a member of the United Nations Secretariat as area specialist for Asia and the Pacific.

Tao Kim Hai’s English name is Andre M.

CHARACTERS AND CHARACTERIZATION

The Cock – agile, stubborn, impertinent, self-important and "the villain who turns out to be a hero"

Young Woman – a sixteen year old girl that comes from a rich family; very gentle, loving and obedient; loves the young man with all
her heart

Young Man – a handsome eighteen year old boy that lives independently and is awfully poor; is in love with the young woman; owns
the cock

Father of the woman – the ly-troung or head of the village; is very firm yet loves his daughter dearly

Mother of the woman – very superstitious on the verge that she considers them first than listening to her daughter but still loves her
daughter anyway

Neighbors – prejudicial of the couple; spread gossips

Relatives – keeps the family’s traditions keenly

SETTING

The story takes place in Vietnam probably between the 1800 to the 1900 when traditions, specifically marital traditions are still
practiced and stressed. The story specifically occurred in a certain village in Vietnam wherein two faces of "living" are pictured since
the young woman comes from a very wealthy family while the young man has nothing on his name.

Their marriage was considered to be a bad match and a scandalous one so it had been agreed that the couple must leave their native village and make their new home in some distant province where they were not known. the woman and the man were talking behind the bamboo hut to hide away from prying eyes since their relationship is a secret. The relatives of the woman were called and the family had a meeting while the poor young woman was locked in her room. These rumors reached the ears of her parents. . many people saw them together. 3. rumors spread like wild fire. Exposition The young woman is seemingly writing or talking to someone about the cock. Initial Incident One day. 5. It was then decided that the woman must be married to the man so that the family might not loose face. 2. Luckily. 6. after all. The cock is described as being old for a rooster but is still strong and agile. The worst. she comes from a rich family while the young man is very poor. 4. The people speculated the young woman has lost her virginity and would soon bear a child. they were able to chase it away. The couple tried to chase away the cock but when they were busy doing so.PLOT  Elements of Plot 1. the cock intervened in their conversation by making loud noises. the cock started to crow during evenings and this crowing was said to be the sign of extramarital pregnancy. She also said that the cock is the reason why she married the person that she truly loves since the cock bridged their social differences. She does not listen to her daughter even she denies the accusations. Climax Since the young woman’s mother is so superstitious she believed that her daughter was certainly pregnant. Falling Action Six preliminary marriage ceremonies had gone and they were married in the strictest way possible. Rising Action On another occasion. Suddenly. the couple once again secretly met with one another in a trysting place. The cock came and made loud noises by flapping its wings and making loud cries. Complication After the couple was spotted to be together.

* (situational irony) if the actions taken have an effect exactly opposite from what was intended . the woman. Still. At first. Resolution The couple has been in the province for five years already and still the woman did not bear a child. he become the villain since he was the reason why their relationship had been exposed but by exposing their relationship the impossible had become possible since they were married and of course it was a wish come true for both of them. the tone of the story comes from her.  Device in Plot The plot is in Flashback since the story started when the woman told the ‘honored sister’ about her present condition and that of the cock. However. the story returned to the present time. she narrated about what happened five years ago and by the end of the story. the story is in internal analepsis since the flashback occurred in an earlier point of the narrative. Point of View The point of view of the story is in the First Person since the story is narrated by one character. they end up marrying each other. thoughts. since because of his doings she was married to the man he loved the most. The cock turned out to be the hero. After that. The tone of the story is ironic* since the result of the actions of the cock was not the expected outcome.  Kind of Plot The plot of the story is comical since the cock that always disturbed their quality time together was the reason why they were married. Tone Since the story is in first person and the only character "speaking" is the woman. the young woman thought that they were in trouble since their forbidden relationship was exposed. and feelings. This can also be classified as First Person because the readers only know her opinions. the woman is grateful for what the cock had done. At first. and because she talks about herself. She informed her that she was married to the man she loved because of the cock. 7. To be specific. proving that the cock was indeed a liar. She explicitly refers to herself using words and phrases involving "I". and not of the other characters.

The story. is a masterpiece.Symbolism Honored sister – Vietnam or the land where the couple have stayed European ideas – liberated ideas Tongues wagging – people spreading gossips or rumors Fall – giving away her virginity Tears .a state of intense frustration and sadness Theme The worst thing that might have happened to you might lead you to the happiness that you are looking for. Synthesis The story tells us that in every dark cloud is a silver lining. There are no cocks that would put us in trouble but in the end letting us enjoy what we want to have in life. We should not think that when we are given trials. It is indeed simple yet it is an eye-opener. Do not take this story as merely a piece with words but an opportunity to look at an interesting part of one's life. The Cock. . we can make our problems our friends by learning from them. Nevertheless. I know that in our lives right now it is very rare that are problems would turn out to make us happy. We must be wise enough to know that problems are there to make us stronger. it is already the end of the world.

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