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Jose Rizal pp 55-70 | Cite as

The Solution of the Enigma in El Filibusterismo

  • Lisandro E. Claudio
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Part of the Global Political Thinkers book series (GPT)

Abstract

This chapter examines Rizal’s second, more incendiary novel, El Filibusterismo. If the Noli was an experiment in liberal reformism, the Fili is an experiment in revolution. Using the character of Simoun—the radicalized Ibarra who goes home to the Philippines to foment an insurrection—Rizal tests the viability of revolution in the Philippines. Like Ibarra’s school, Simoun’s revolution is a failure. This chapter concludes that the Fili is an intentionally ambiguous novel—a novel that refuses to make recommendations about revolutionary violence, but rather poses Socratic questions about how a people should earn their liberty.

Keywords

El Filibusterismo Rizal Liberalism Revolution Subversion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lisandro E. Claudio
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  1. 1.De La Salle UniversityManilaPhilippines

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