The Hierarchic Existence of Society

The Bread of Salt by N.V.M. Gonzales               The  Bread of Salt is an enlightening short story written by Nestor Vicente Madali Gonzales, a Filipino National Artist. The story revolves around the narrator, a young boy who learns about the realistic prevalence of social classes in a hard way. In short, it is a storyContinue reading “The Hierarchic Existence of Society”

Modernism over Colonialism

Ananta Pramoedya Toer’s β€œThis Earth of Mankind” Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β Β  β€œThis Earth of Mankind” is a story that speaks of the conflict between modernism and colonialism amongst the Dutch and Indonesian relations. A story consisting ofΒ  both the rapid change and the stagnant ideals of the characters, it is a story that conflicts on the issues ofContinue reading “Modernism over Colonialism”

The Ostracism of One’s Own Norms

Upon reading Gustave Flaubert’s β€œMadame Bovary,” Henrik Ibsen’s β€œA Doll’s House,” and Miguel de Cervantes’s β€œDon Quixote,” I noticed one similar circumstance that all of the protagonists encountered. All of the protagonists: Emma Bovary, Nora Helmer, and Don Quixote de la Mancha chose to reject the notions of their present society as they embrace toContinue reading “The Ostracism of One’s Own Norms”