Summary and Review of “The Centipede,” a short story by Rony V. Diaz
Let me tell you first a story. There is a large age gap between me and my siblings. With a huge age gap come along misunderstandings which I think is inevitable among siblings.
It all started with Eddie seeing his sister Delia beating his dog Biryuk. He wanted to stop his sister but he could not do for the latter has a weak heart. It is truly heart twitching to just watch something happen to a pet that is very dear to you. Eddie does want to free the dog from the cruel hands of his sister, but he was powerless to do so.
A series of flashbacks followed in the story. Eddie and Delia had been very different from one another. It was obvious that they see each other as rivals.
Delia was 8 years old when Eddie was born and their mother died. It could be one reason why she has not feel the love for her brother.
In fact, she might be pointing her finger always to her brother being the cause of their mother’s death. In addition to that, what they only have was their father and she might be resentful to Eddie in thinking that her brother gets more attention. Jealousy. This must be the cause why Delia always get rid of those things that make her brother happy. Do you feel that Delia wants her brother to be miserable?
It tells the story that Eddie has a natural love for animals and insects. On the other hand, Delia loathes them. They were always trapped in trouble because they both have a different interest. Even though Eddie was the younger one, he always tried to open his mind and think of his sister’s health rather than his own happiness.
Delia, being the oldest has this dominating nature. She acted like a boss to Eddie and whatever she wanted must happen. On the other hand, Eddie needed to let her do all her wants and whims for he was afraid something bad will happen to his sister once he contradicted her. He kept his patience after his sister destroyed everything he loves: his monkey, his pigeons and his butterflies. He tried hard to control himself even though the acts of his sister were already below the belt.
But then, everything has its own limits. When Eddie found out that Delia stabbed the eye of the dog, he felt so much hate that he could not keep his temper anymore. He was fed up. He was enraged. His hatred was like a venom on his own soul. He got the opportunity to revenge when Berto, a helper in their house, gave him a centipede. Eddie was trapped in his own wish to frighten his sister. After he wrapped the centipede in a handkerchief, he moved inside their house silently while his sister was embroidering a white cloth. Without a second thought, he threw the centipede on his sister’s lap.
Eddie came back to his senses when he saw the result of his action. His sister fell down and cried with pain. He regretted it and felt guilty but the damage had been done already.
I have been always looking forward to a happy ending but this short story ended in a tragic way. The “Centipede” portrays a sad reality in life that if we make hasty decisions, we might have ended up full of regrets. We cannot avoid making mistakes and that what makes us humans. We make mistakes because there is something we need to learn. Sadness exists. Mistakes happen. It is already a parcel of our life. It is a human nature, but the good thing about making mistakes is that we get lessons from it. Through those learnings, we become a better person.
How is your decision-making in life? Have you ever made one that you regretted?
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