A Literary Criticism of the Novel the Firewalkers by Erwin E. Castillo

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“A Literary Criticism of the novel The Fire Walkers by Erwin E. Castillo”

“We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth…” – President Barack Obama on his inaugural speech.

Relation with other nations is one of the most important things for the United States of America today. As history have shown, the need for the connection with other countries had been existing since the late exploration period, where United States had just achieved their independence from the British monarchy and began their own conquest around the globe. The Americans are the second, yet the most celebrated colonizer of the Philippines. Until today, the Filipino-American bond is evident, from the highlighted date of July 4 as
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One of the main reasons why Spain had colonized “uncivilized” people was to spread Christianity which was one of the oldest religions. They wanted the katutubos or Filipinos to live their lives through religion.
Furthermore in the novel, the priest had told a story of his past when he was still a servant for a friar. This was the time of the revolution “But the revolution broke out, and my master and I were taken from our convent by the revolutionists” (11; ch. 1). He told about his hardship during the revolution “They had to break my fingers to pry me away from him (friar)” (11; ch.1). When he had gathered enough strength he followed the trail of the revolutionist, along the way he saw dozens of dead bodies. He saw the animals feeding on the human remains “and the dogs, the pigs, the rats, the giant lizards came out of the woods to feed upon the corpses” (12; ch. 1).
In the novel there is this character the Apache Kid was either too early or too late in his life. He was part of a Wild West show with Buffalo Bill Cody. He was a sharpshooter, but there came a time when Bill wanted him to cheat a little because the people were getting bored of what he was doing. Bill urged with him but he lost his job. After a while he heard of the death of Buffalo Bill Cody, “He had been shot by Indian policemen of his own tribe” (23; ch. 2). He then married his wife which he had won because of a game. He heard of the firewalkers and he

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