On Christmas, Toto and Joel asked for rowboat to their parents because they have got an achievement in their school. Thus, their father bought them it. Unfortunately, there was not navigable water to operate it. Therefore, they invited their classmate and pick up the boat to the living room. And then, when their parent hangs out to go to movies, they imagine that they are in the island. After that, they use light as water to carry out the boat. But, if their parent arrived at home, they were sleeping. Months later, they asked fishing equipment and scuba diving if they got gold star and their parent followed what they wanted again. Then, they imagined that they scuba’d around like tame shark and then rescued the things that had been lost in the darkness.
Next, in the school they got certificates of excellence, but they didn’t ask anything to their parent. They just asked to be made a party. At the next Wednesday, there is a person who walking along Castellana Road that saw a cascade of light falling from an old building was coming out of the balconies and he felt that it is a fired. Thus, he called fireman. Then, fireman came hurry and forced opened the door, but he just found that the house was messiness and the whole place filled with the light, up to the sailing. Finally, Toto was seated at the stern of the rowboat, glued to the oars, with his scuba mask on, searching for the light house of the port until his tanks ran out of the air but Joel floated throughout the house were thirsty six classmate. They also had opened so many light at the same time that house had overflowed and whole fourth grade had drowned in the fifth-floor apartment of 47 Castallena Road, without sea or river, and whose original landlubber inhabitants had never mastered the science of sailing on light.
B. Analysis (Intrinsic Analysis of “Light Is Like Water” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
In this story, there is theme that can be taken and the author wrote it explicitly, such as parents should not follow all the things that asked by children, because it is not good for children attitudes. It can be seen at dialog of mother. The sentences are:
“It’s just that these kids don’t get anything for doing what they’re supposed to, she said, “but for a whim they could earn a teaching position.”
In other hand, the author wrote most of themes implicitly. They are:
· As a good kids, we should not either be spoiled or force our will to our parents.
· We should use our brain well if we had been smart. Don’t use it to ask anything to our parent.
2. Point Of View
In this story, the author’s point of view is omniscient. It means that the role of author just third-person and knows and tells all about each character although there are some sentences that show first-person views point, such as in dialog of “Light is like water,” I answered him. However, it is just a little part of the text, so we should see the whole of the passage.
At the text, the author mentions explicitly and implicitly each character. They are:
· Toto, nine years old and Joel seven. Thus we can say that they are young.
· Father and mother
· At that text, we can see that the characters of Toto and Joel are hyper active, spoiled, and unselfish
· After reading the story and identify father’s action, we can conclude that the character of father is very patient, charitable, but infirm to the children.
· In his action, characters of mother is infirm enough to her children, but she is obedient to her husband
Based on dialog in the story, we can identify each character.
· Toto and Joel are unselfish.
The dialog that shows it is “No”, they said as one. “We need it here and now”.
· Father is patient, charitable but infirm to the children.
The dialogs that show them are “The boat is in the garage” the dad revealed during lunch.
“Congratulations,” the dad told them. “And now?”
· Mother is infirm enough to the children
The dialogs that show it are “to begin with” said the mom, and
“No,” said the mom, frightened. “No more.”
Understanding monolog of this story, we can identify that
· Father and mother are realistic. The sentence that shows it is “both she and her husband were right”. That sentence is to continue mother’s spoken that in their house they were not navigable water those than came from the shower.
· Toto and Joel is smart children. The sentence that indicates it is “but Toto and Joel won the gold stars in July, and were publicly recognized by principal.”
a. A problem:
At the beginning of this story, the author told the problem. It is on Christmas the children asked for a rowboat, but at their house there is not water.
The roadblock of this story is the children cannot pick up the rowboat into living room.
c. The high point:
The high point of this story is the children do and think that light is like water. Their action is more exaggerate when their parent fulfill they will. They do anything that suitable with their imagination.
d. The solution:
At the end of this story, the author didn’t write solution of problem occurred.
The language that often used in this story is complex sentence, because there are relations among sentences each other (dependent sentences), so there are more than one conjunctions that used in a sentence. For instance, the sentence “but in the end, neither he nor she could deny them because they had promised them a rowboat with sextant and compass if they got perfect grades for the school term, and they had been gotten”.
Every story must have weakness and strangeness includes the story of “Light is like water”. This story is good enough and many educations, because this story consists of many things that can be learned, such as about parent’s attitude in facing the children. In other hand, this story has many weaknesses. They are: the words that used in this story are difficult to understand and the end of this story is not clear. There is not the solution for each problem.