White Horse of Alih Analysis

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The short story The White Horse of Alih” revolves around Alih, a Moro who is planning to kill people during the Filipino-American Friendship Day. Omar, his older brother, influences him in every aspect of his life. Imam, the village priest, tries to dissuade the brothers from committing the act. Alih likes Lucy, a girl who lives in the reservation area where the Americans reside, but he is also interested in Fermina, a beautiful bar maid who doesn’t reciprocate his feelings. Alih struggles with the fear of his brother and the teachings he received about killing. The rising action sees Alih encountering Fermina on a float during the celebration, but Omar interrupts their interaction. The climax occurs when Alih kills Omar, despite their plans to gain a white horse to protect Fermina. The story explores Filipino traditions, beliefs, and faith, and it is narrated from a third-person limited point of view.”

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  • Alih – a Moro who plans for killing the people celebrating the Filipino- American Friendship Day .
  • Omar – the older brother of Alih who dictates him on what to doin every aspects of his life .
  • Imam – the village priest who tried to dissuade the two brothers, he explain to them that the prophets did not teach to do it.
  • Lucy – girl who lived in the reservation area where the Americans live-she is the first girl Alih liked .
  • Fermina – a beautiful bar maid with a mole near her mouth- Alih likes her so much but the woman doesn’t like him because of his impertinent manner towards her.


Alih did not want to kill but the fear he had for his brother  while he was growing urged him to the killings and also because his brother taught him that killing will be their way to wash away their shame and gain respect for their father had died by the American soldiers without any reason.

Complication when they decided to become merchants there were rebels who stole their commodities.
Rising Action: рe saw a float with a girl whom he thought of as Fermina. He went near the float and assisted the girl to god own to the ground and found out that it is Fermina when he saw the little black mole on the corner of the girl’s mouth.

Climax: he was about to hold her completely, Omar came but to his surprise, he was drunk and tipsy. All along, he realized that Omar had been drinking tuba. Omar was about to kill Fermina.

Falling Action: Alih kills his brother despite their plans to gain the white horse for him to protect Fermina.

Theme the short story tells about the tradition, beliefs and faith of the Filipinos.

Point of View – third person limited.

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