Noli Me Tangere

Noli Me Tangere

The Schoolmaster Character Analysis

A teacher whom Don Rafael supported, helping him find a house and enabling him to properly do his job. The schoolmaster tells Ibarra about the unfortunate circumstances in San Diego surrounding education, which greatly inhibit the town’s students. Because the current classroom is in the parish house, the lessons are heavily monitored by the priest. The schoolmaster tells Ibarra about his experience trying to conduct class when Father Dámaso was the town’s friar; during this period, Dámaso forbade him from teaching Spanish even though the government had written a decree that all students must learn the language. It is in conversation with this man that Ibarra first reveals his plan to build a new school independent of the friars. Though grateful for his help, the schoolmaster is pessimistic that Ibarra will have more success in establishing a strong secular academy than he or anybody else has had in the past.
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The Schoolmaster Character Timeline in Noli Me Tangere

The timeline below shows where the character The Schoolmaster appears in Noli Me Tangere. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19: Adventures of a Schoolmaster
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Looking over the lake, Ibarra speaks with the town’s schoolmaster, who says that the gravedigger showed him where Don Rafael’s body was dumped. The schoolmaster... (full context)
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The schoolmaster assures Ibarra that his intentions are noble, but tells him that there are many obstacles... (full context)
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The schoolmaster gives Ibarra more details regarding how the friars interfere with teaching in San Diego. Because... (full context)
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Continuing his account of education in San Diego, the schoolmaster explains to Ibarra that his encounter with Father Dámaso redoubled his motivation to be a... (full context)
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The schoolmaster tells Ibarra that even the new priest, Father Salví, interferes in the classroom, often reminding... (full context)