THE PATRIOT, THE ARTIST, THE WRITER
A research paper presented to:
Dr. Antonio R. Yango
College of Computer Studies
University of Perpetual Help Laguna
In partial fulfillment
Of the requirement for the course
Communication Arts 2
Joyce J. Bura
It was Jose Rizal's Mother who told him about the story of the moth. One night, her mother noticed that Rizal was not paying any more attention to what she is saying. As she was staring at Rizal, then he was staring at the moth flying around the lamp. Then she told Rizal about the story related to it. There was a Mother and son Moth flying around the light of a candle. The Mother moth told her son not to go near the light because that was a fire and it could kill him easily. The son agreed. But he thought to himself that his mother was selfish because she doesn't want him to experience the kind of warmth that the light had given her. Then the son moth flew nearer. Soon, the wind blew the light of the candle and it reached the wings of the son moth and he died. Rizal's mother told him that if the son moth only listened to what his Mother said, then he wouldn't be killed by that fire. “Don’t imitate the young moth and don’t be disobedient; you’ll get burned like it.” – Mother of Rizal. (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Jose_Rizal_and_the_moth_anecdote#ixzz1kQPDw3zJ)
First of all we should clarify the meaning of a hero to make it quite simple to understand how Rizal became one. A hero symbolizes goodness. Rizal gave us freedom by using goodness. Jose Rizal became the Philippine national hero because he fought for freedom in a silent but powerful way. He expressed his love for the Philippines through his novels, essays and articles rather than through the use of force or aggression. He was a very amazing person at his time. He was humble, fighting for reforms through his writings instead of through a revolution. He used his intelligence, talents and skills in a more peaceful way rather than the aggressive way.
Jose Rizal, we know him as our national hero. His courage and sense of nationalism has helped to instigate the hearts of the Filipino people to rise up against their Spanish oppressors. The novels; Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo propelled him into becoming the leading proponent against the Spanish rule in the Philippines. Unfortunately these very noble acts have lead into his eventual capture and execution. The life he lived is a testament that nationalism within one person could envelop a whole country into a full blown revolution.
Although in mainstream he is a patriot, but not much light is shown on his life as an artist. He is very prolific and made various paintings, sketches as well as sculptures. Having lots of sweethearts he made portraits of them and his closest friends such as Ferdinand Blumentritt and Juan Luna. Being an intellectual he also made anatomical drawings of insects and plants since he studied medicine during his years studying in the University of Sto. Tomas. Also, while travelling he liked to make panoramic paintings or pencil sketches of the landscapes of the places he passes by or stays in. However, his real talent laid in writing. At a very young age he is able to write poetry and simple essays and as he grew he made novels and also more poems and complex essays with deep meanings and messages addressing to the Filipinos with topics about education, religion and government. Truly, Jose Rizal is a true renaissance man. For one person he had managed to have the knowledge of both science and art. All of these skills have made him a person to be truly admired and as a role model to the Filipinos.
Going through his works, the most significant ones are those made during his childhood years. Due to the fact that in some point in his life as an adult the things he believed in the past would be challenged and would radically change his views up until his death. Another is that his past...