Title: 3:30 p.m. with Sir Galahad (A Time for Dragons)
Author: Kate Aton – Osias
A hideous dragon being rebuked, a noble knight trying to save the damsel in distress, a beautiful angel being dazzling as ever, evil step-sisters antagonizing their pathetic step-sister, a fairy godmother that appears out of nowhere, a judgmental magical mirror, and other magically talking non-living things, if these sounds like the plots and characters from well-known children stories, you wouldn’t be far off— except this story unites all of them leading to a Filipino short story literary master piece.
A story that intertwined bits and pieces of our all-time favorite classical fiction literature and dramatic originality, this is what Kate Aton – Osais created: 3:30 p.m. with Sir Galahad.
The story is part of an anthology of Philippine dragonic fiction book entitled, A Time for Dragons. A Time for Dragons is composed of short stories about dragons written by Filipino writers.
Isabella a girl with sullen black hair, bulging eyes, large fangs, sharp claws, green scales, and dark wings — she is a dragon; she is a monster.
And just like a certain lady who owns a pair of glass slippers Isabella have 2 step-sisters who torments her and bossed her, told not to go out of the house and do chores all day, and of course she has a fairy godmother that make all things possible for her to attend the Grand Celestial Ball.
But what happens when Isabella gets to meet and capture the heart of not a charming prince but of a majestic angel?
3:30 p.m. with Sir Galahad is a short story for readers that seeks unexpected endings and twisted revelations. It is just a short story but it encompasses many turn of events that makes you wonder what is really happening in the story. 3:30 p.m. with Sir Galahad is like a combination of classic stories but the author Kate Aton – Osias did not fail to show a different style. The narration started out with the present event and use flashbacks. This style adds up to the excitement and emotional effect of the story to the readers.
It leaves the readers a sense of fascination because it used an interesting style and even more interesting plot.
Kate Aton – Osias is an author known for writing fantasy, horror, science fiction, and crime stories. And as for 3:30 p.m. with Sir Galahad it is a mixture of all these genres. Kate Aton – Osias adapted several characters from western stories like the magical mirror from Snow White and
the 7 Dwarves, the talking clock cabinet and teacup from Beauty and the Beast, and evil step-sisters and fairy godmother from Cinderella.
She also introduced the character of the archangel Michael in the story that plays a vital role. But most importantly the character that can be find in the title; Sir Galahad, another character adapted from a classical western literature the Arthurian legacy.
Kate Aton – Osias did not use these characters aimlessly.
The readers must deconstruct the hidden meaning behind the characters and the symbols they represent. The readers of this short story is advisable to pay attention to the background of the name of each character. Using deconstruction textual analysis, the readers will find the deeper meaning of the short story and be able to widen their perspective. This makes 3:30 p.m. with Sir Galahad a well written literary piece.
A rate of 4.5 out of 5, having 5 as the highest remark is given to 3:30 p.m. with Sir Galahad. Since what is really appealing about the story is it is not just a mere presentation of mythical creatures, but it actually reflects different rich outlooks in life.
One of it is one’s perception of beauty. In the story, Isabella is described as a monster and this is also how she sees herself while she views others as someone that is better than what she is. Isabella is a representation of every unique person who feels insecure just because she/he is different. All in all, the 3:30 p.m. with Sir Galahad by Kate Aton – Osias is a must read 21st century Filipino literature.
About the Writers and How Do they See Themselves 10 years from Now
Lourdes Algen T. Guimong, Student – Pasig City Science Highschool
10 years from now what would I be?
I will no longer be the me of 2017.
The Lourdes of 2027 is someone that is bold and brave, tested by time and difficulties of life. She is no longer a reluctant girl but a lady that is firm in her decisions and knows her desires. She is a promising psychologist that is known by many. She is a traveler that ventures the 7 continents. She is a dreamer of great things and the fulfiller of it.
Patricia Garnet Joson, Student – Pasig City Science Highschool
Ten years from now, I see myself as a dedicated geologist. I see myself traveling the world, taking new adventures, and discovering more of life. I’m also looking forward to having my own animal shelter for stray dogs and cats. At the age of 27, I hope I’ve written and published at least a couple of books about anything under the sun. As much as I want to plan and foresee my future, I believe in the quote from one of my favorite authors, “Life doesn’t have to be so planned, just roll with it and let it happen.”
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