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BAUL, KIMBERLY S. LITERARY ANALYSIS Possessing Power might influence an individual either positively or negatively. It also means that people must be aware of the possible outcome of gaining such a thing. Power comes in different ways on how the person influences other people. Moreover, Power may be good or bad, depending on how the people perceived it. Sometimes, people thought having Power is such a good thing. Little did they know sometimes overusing such Power will have the worst effect on the character of a person. Power affects different aspects. One of them is the Power to build relationships. In the story "How My Brother Leon Brought Home a wife." written by Manuel E. Arguilla during the 1930s, it emphasizes how Maria uses this kind of Power to overcome the challenges to be a worthy wife to Leon. Despite the hindrance between their social status wherein Maria lived in the city while Leon lived in a province, Maria still proves that she can adapt their way of living in the Province. Also, Baldo saw it as Maria face the trials that his father created. It started when he offered her to touch Labang and he drives through the field that night and follows the Waig instead of the Camino real. "She hesitated and I saw that her eyes were on the long, curving horns. But she came and touched Labang's forehead with her long fingers, and Labang never stopped chewing his cud except that his big eyes half-closed. And by and by she was scratching his forehead very daintily. "(p. 15) "I did not say anything more because I did not know what to make of the tone of her voice as she said her last words. All the laughter seemed to have gone out of her. I waited for my brother Leon to say something, but he was not saying anything. Suddenly he broke out into song and the song was 'Sky Sown with Stars'---the same that he and Father sang when we cut hay in the fields at night before he went away to study. He must have taught her the song because she joined him, and her voice flowed into his like a gentle stream meeting a stronger one. And each time the wheels encountered a big rock, her voice would catch in her throat, but my brother Leon would sing on, until, laughing softly, she would join him again. "(p.18).

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