Luha ng Buwaya: Wika at isyung sosyo-politikal ng mga magsasaka

2019 IJRSE – Volume 8 Issue 4
Lumina Foundation Special Issue

Available Online: 8 July 2019


Alvarado, Elsie*
Cebu Normal University, Philippines (


This study aims to reveal the literary devices and socio-political issues experienced by the workers in the novel Luha ng Buwaya of Amado V. Hernandez. It specifically answers three aspects; figures of speech, social issues and political issues. The study anchored to Mimetic theory by Aristotle. Qualitative method was used through discourse analysis in order to analyze the dialogues of the workers as the main character of the novel. The findings of the study shows that the figures of speech used in the novel are simile, metaphor, hyperbole and rhetorical question so that workers could express freely their heartaches and distress violated as farmers. The social issues found in the novel are violations to human rights as workers such as no freedom of expression, the right to own a home, inequality of sharing of the product as owner and worker of the farm. Whereas the political issues enclosed the inequality views of the society to the poor and rich people, the court favored the owner of the farm and the rich bought the law. Based on the findings of the study, it has been proven that the farmers use figures of speech due to hardships and distress experiences from the society and felt dismay due to the violation of the human rights as farmers. The study recommends that the life of the writer will also be analyzed in order to further understand the novel.

Keywords: literary devices; socio-political issues; language; human rights; farmers



Cite this article:
Alvarado, E. (2019). Luha ng Buwaya: Wika at isyung sosyo-politikal ng mga magsasaka. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 8(4), 67-75.

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