Noli Me Tangere

Noli Me Tangere

The Yellow Man Character Analysis

A man hired to kill Ibarra. This man helps build the school, engineering a large stone that he intends to drop on Ibarra on the day of San Diego’s fiesta. When the time comes, though, Elías holds the Yellow Man in the way, and the stone kills him instead of Ibarra.

The Yellow Man Quotes in Noli Me Tangere

The Noli Me Tangere quotes below are all either spoken by The Yellow Man or refer to The Yellow Man. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of Noli Me Tangere published in 2006.
Chapter 31 Quotes

“Believing in chance is the same as believing in miracles. Both situations presuppose that God does not know the future. What is chance? An event no one has foreseen. What is a miracle? A contradiction, an undermining of natural laws. Lack of foresight and contradiction in the intelligence that governs the world machine means two great imperfections.”

“Who are you?” Ibarra asked him with a certain anxiety. “Are you a scholar?”

“I have had to believe a great deal in God because I have lost my belief in men,” the boatman answered, evading the question.

Ibarra thought he understood this fugitive young man. He rejected man’s justice, refused the right of man to judge his peers, protested against the force and superiority of certain classes over others.

Related Characters: Juan Crisóstomo Ibarra y Magsalin (Ibarra) (speaker), Elías (speaker), The Yellow Man
Page Number: 221
Explanation and Analysis:

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The Yellow Man Character Timeline in Noli Me Tangere

The timeline below shows where the character The Yellow Man appears in Noli Me Tangere. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 26: Festival Eve
Education Theme Icon
...of wood. “I think that’s too much wood for a hoist,” he says. In response, the yellow man convinces him that the bigger they make the structure, the more respect it will command. (full context)
Chapter 32: The Crane
Colonialism, Religion, and Power Theme Icon
Isolation Theme Icon
...the school because Father Salví is set to deliver a ceremony to bless the structure. The yellow man has created a large pulley system to lower a time capsule into the earth by... (full context)
Colonialism, Religion, and Power Theme Icon
Ibarra goes down into the trench, eyeing Elías and the yellow man . Meanwhile, Elías watches the yellow man’s hand, which is placed on the lever that... (full context)
Chapter 33: Freedom of Thought
Colonialism, Religion, and Power Theme Icon
...Elías assures him that “enmity is the law of life.” He explains that he met the yellow man the night before and that this man said mysterious things, statements that rose Elías’s suspicions,... (full context)
Chapter 41: Two Visitors
Colonialism, Religion, and Power Theme Icon
Isolation Theme Icon
...named Lucas with a large scar on his cheek. Lucas tells Ibarra that he is the yellow man ’s brother and asks Ibarra how much he intends to pay his brother’s family to... (full context)