Bamboo In The Wind By Azucena Uranza

1169 words - 5 pages

CN: 14 Teng, Marc Gabriel Kiac 16 December 2013H.S. IV-DBamboo in the WindFrom the title itself, 'Bamboo in the Wind' indicates the Filipinos' resilience, just as a bamboo tends to bend with the wind. Although the plot revolves around the Marcos' regime, the cast of characters is able to cope with the changes in the society. In the novel, the character of Larry depicts the idealism turned to realism due to his resilience in the awakening of the Filipinos from their idyllic dream of a better Philippines, especially in the means to do so.Returning from the United States, the land of dreams, Larry begins as an idealist because a man's ideal dream is to live a life that's happily ever after, evident from the text"He had been eager to leave at first. But when the time drew near, he wanted to give up, preferring to stay and work. In the U.S., he worked for a while after getting his degree but found no point in prolonging his stay in a foreign land. His place was home. And here he was, he thought happily, home at last, starting a new life, like a rebirth."Furthermore, although he says the line to Connie "I can't be expected to fall in love with a political entity called a nation," his actions do not reflect his words; in fact, it is even Connie who informs Larry of the political situation, which is exemplified in the lines of Connie,"Why should the government be so lavish in its so-called cultural programs, why should we at Holy Trinity pour out a lot of money on so much nonsense, while Jenny languished in Sta. Monica to grow up illiterate because the government and citizens like us can't afford or don't care to give her any books?"When he says this line to Maria Concepcion de Chavez, "But what is one to make of a people that are so detached from the government they have constituted for themselves?" ,he is unaware of the political situations. Moreover, Larry's complex relationship with Connie is an ideal thing because Larry and Connie are soul-mates from their hometown, and the love is reciprocated to each other, so they have ended as lifetime partners. Also, when he says the line "a corporation has closed a deal with the government for the use of the isthmus as a parking lot for containers," he only states this for the sake of his response on his conversation with Martin Gatdula in the Francis Xavier reunion; however, he did not do any concrete actions at all. In short, all of these circumstances make him an idealist.All of these change when he is detained due to his alleged assaulting of an officer of the law in a restaurant. When Senator de Chavez had to make calls to Lt. Magtibay in order to release Larry, this indicates a biased system of government. This incident is Larry's turning point because he now realizes the gravity of the political situation, especially when Ramon said "Don't you think it would have been a great idea to test our case in a court of law instead of bearing it down on the lieutenant and his men with all that senatorial...

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