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Truth About the Noli - Almost all historians agree that the Noli Me Tangere is factual. The characters, events and places mentioned in the novel match that of the nineteenth century Philippines'.

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Truth About the Noli Almost all historians agree that the Noli Me Tangere is factual. The characters, events and places mentioned in the novel match that of the nineteenth century Philippines'. In the words of Rizal he had tried "to reproduce the condition of his country faithfully and fearlessly, and has raised part of the veil that hides the evil, sacrificing to truth, including self-love." (Ozaeta. 1949. p. 78) He further clarifies, "The facts I narrate there are all true and have happened; I can prove them." (Zaide. 1999. p. 100) The novel embodies the indio's psyche. And who can best represent him but Capitan Tiago. The "pomposity, the false appearance, the submissiveness and obedience to the friars of those who do not wish to be disturbed in the least in their well-being and comfort." (Ozaeta. 1949. p. 74) Zaide provides a more specific person that was Capitan Hilario Sunico of San Nicolas. While Tasio, the philosopher, who aims at a brighter future but cannot seem to reach it was Rizal's elder brother Paciano. (Zaide. 1999. ...read more.


While Padre Salvi was Padre Antonio Piernavieja who was a n Augustinian friar in Cavite killed in the revolution, that is according to Rizalists. (Zaide. 1999. p. 100) The places, specifically, that of Capitan Tiago's house have proven its existence. It is said that the real owner of the house was Balvino Mauricio who, in attempt to escape arrest, deportation and execution, had left the country and sold his house to an affluent businessman, Telesforo Chuidian. Mauricio died "lonely, forgotten and impoveridhes in the Crown Colony." But a painting, which he commissioned Jose Honorato Lozano to do, a letras y figures which features the vignettes of the house. The wide staircase, Chinese lanterns, entrance hall, the great mirrors and sparkling chandeliers, the magnificent grand piano make the house of Capitan Tiago as described in the Noli Me Tangere tangible. (Ocampo. 1990. pp. 79-81) In the depths of the novel, the author describes the corrupted education ruled by the friars. The Filipinos, for Rizal, "like those who exist in other parts of the world-with their longings and passions, their loves and prejudices. ...read more.


Any liberal form cannot be passed without their consent. They have "made of the Catholic religion an instrument of domination and have prostituted it with many exterior practices which only serves to foster the appearances of worship to enrich the orders." The abusive civil guards had not escaped criticism. They were involved in the murder and salvaging of citizens mostly Indios of the lowly class who are yet to be proven guilty of any crime. But most of all, Rizal emphasizes that revolution will not be caused by the Filipinos but will be compelled by the colonizers themselves. (Ozaeta. 1949. pp. 77-78) In sum, the Noli Me Tangere provides us with a clear image of how the nineteenth century was like in the Philippines. However, it must be kept in mind that when Rizal wrote the novel, he had an agenda in mind. The Noli Me Tangere had a political purpose that is reform. Hence, it cannot be denied that Rizal had his biases in writing the novel. What the audience read in the novel is the social, political and economic situation of the Philippines in Rizal's point of view. Reading the Noli Me Tangere, alone, is I think not sufficient. Just like adhering to one history book alone is not. ...read more.

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