By Koichi Hagimoto
In 1898, either Cuba and the Philippines accomplished their independence from Spain after which instantly grew to become goals people expansionism. This publication provides a comparative research of late-nineteenth-century literature and heritage in Cuba and the Philippines, concentrating on the writings of José Martí and José Rizal to bare shared anti-imperial struggles.
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These attributes make her a romanticized object of desire for Ibarra as well as for Spanish priests. In the end of the novel, María Clara sacriﬁces not only her future by promising her loyalty to Ibarra but also her honor by remaining silent about Padre Dámaso’s adultery. Hence, she is turned into the model of dedication and submissiveness. Feminist scholars have argued that the archetype of femininity deﬁned by María Clara has contributed to the mystiﬁcation of Filipino identity since the nineteenth century.
In the Noli, many characters, especially men, repeatedly celebrate her physical attributes. Her curly hair is described as “almost blond” in color, while her nose has “a correct proﬁle neither sharp nor ﬂat” (“de un correcto perﬁl, ni era muy aﬁlada ni chata”) (32). Her skin has “the ﬁne texture of an onion layer, the whiteness of cotton” (“la ﬁnura de una capa de cebolla y la blancura del algodón”) (32). As her name suggests, she is compared to the sacred symbol of the Virgin Mary. Rizal characterizes her as this divine image of woman, the most beautiful idealization of the most ideal of creatures, this poetic creation of Christianity, which brings together the two most beautiful states of woman, virgin and mother.
No seas bruta. ”) (217). ” Convinced that his “education” is beginning to work, he tells her, But, woman, can’t you pronounce ‘Felipe’? Don’t forget it; you know the King Don Felipe the Fifth. Say ‘Felipe,’ and add nas to it, which in Latin means islands of Indians. Pero mujer, ¿no puedes pronunciar: Felipe? No lo olvides, sabe que el Rey Don Felipe . . quinto . . Dí Felipe, y añádele nas que en latín signiﬁca islas de indios. (217) 38 ● Between Empires In response, she articulates, “Fe . . lipe, Felipe .