Mera Joy Aniolga

Maria Clara: Fact or Fiction?

In Current Events, Personal on August 20, 2011 at 3:29 am

Maria Clara is a fictional character created by Rizal. She is the love interest of Juan Crisostomo Ibarra. She is also the epitome of prim and properness. The former may not be that known to everyone but the latter is as bright as day. When one is compared to Maria Clara, she can either be as virginal as a saint, that is if the comparison is positive or as dirty as a ho, that is if the comparison is negative.

In a world where everything is as fast as lightning, can Maria Clara even exist? Playing hard to get is so-Maria Clara. Yes,it may be sweet and all but really, what is the point of pretending not to like someone when the truth of the matter is you are head over heels in love with that person? Going after a guy that you like is so unlike Maria Clara. Girls should wait,guys should do the move. If the girl becomes too aggressive, she becomes a flirt or worst, slutty

Just like a coin, there are two sides to Maria Clara. One is that of a prim and proper lady and the other is that of an imprisoned person.

The prim and proper Maria Clara lives her life in such a way that no eyebrows are raised. She sticks to the norms. She goes to church because it’s expected from her to be there. She lowers her voice because she was made to believe that a lady speaks in no other way than that way. She waits for the guy of her dreams to court her. She believes in the sanctity of marriage and so on.

To be a girl in a country that is chained in morality, religion and hypocrisy is tough and sometimes confusing. You sing along to Spice Girls and live the “girl power” thing but if you openly woo a guy, you raise people’s eyebrows. You were told that men and women are created equal but if a guy philanders, it’s acceptable because he is a guy and if you have an affair behind your boyfriend or husband’s back, you are criticized. Where is the fairness in that?

Being a girl alone is a struggle in itself. To be asked to pattern one’s behavior on a fictional character is baloney. We have to recognize the difference between fact and fiction. Maria Clara is not real, she is nothing but a product of Jose Rizal’s imagination. Don’t judge women based on Maria Clara, you don’t want to be judged based on Edward Cullen, don’t you?

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