Elec, Aira Janella L.
Reaction paper about the unexpurgated versions of Rizal’s two novels – Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.Both novels inspired by the patriotic ideals and views of Dr. Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo depict the times when we were suffering from the abuses of the Spanish Tyranny and our country still searching for a national identity. In that sense, as I had an opportunity to looked the unexpurgated versions of his novel, it seems that one can read the “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo” as a reflection of the conflict that still haunts Filipinos even up to this moment. The writings of our national hero, who fought and were ready to throw off the shackles of a colonial power, still grappling with the push-and-pull of the nationalism; our independence and Filipino values. Most of the Filipinos are familiar with the plot, themes, and characters in these novels, although I suppose that for a great majority the books were nothing but requirements to go through as a part of the still “Rizal Course”.
The unexpurgated books of Dr. Jose Rizal was enormous and a social satire that excoriates the frailes or priestly class who were in essence the true enforcers of this native land in the time of Spanish colonial rule. .
The novels paint us an ugly, but shows the true society that deteriotes Filipinos. It lays the most realistic, liberal and fearless view of the country’s well-being in the past 300 years. Where the government deprives the youth of education, how they abuse the people’s ignorance, the illicit ways of the church, and the unfavorable trade of the privilege class.
However, my fervent hope is to have more Filipinos engaging in a deeper appreciation of our culture and history, make them proud of what our national hero and ancestors had accomplished. Certainly it will be a journey for young people to lay the basis for the nascent nationalist movement.