CHARACTERS in Noli MeTangere Juan Crisostomo Ibarra He is the only son of Don Rafael Ibarra, the richest person in San Diego He studied in Europe for 7 years, and is the sweetheart of Maria Clara. Symbolizes the idealism of the privileged youth
CHARACTERS in Noli MeTangere Maria Clara She is the girlfriend of Ibarra. As far as the society is concerned, she is the daughter of Kapitan Tiyago and Doña Pia Alba, but biologically, her father is Padre Damaso. Symbolizes the ideal woman in the mind of Rizal. Said to represent Rizal’s childhood sweetheart, Leonor Rivera
CHARACTERS in Noli MeTangere Sisa Mother of Basilio and Crispin. She has a drunkard for a husband. In the novel Sisa portrays a loving mother, and it could be assumed that Rizal likened her to his own mother. Symbolizes the country, and the way it is abused by the Spaniards
CHARACTERS in Noli MeTangere Doña Pia Alba She is the mother of Maria Clara and the wife of Kapitan Tiyago. She symbolizes our country, which ceaselessly gives in to foreign power
CHARACTERS in Noli MeTangere Capitan Tiago The father of Maria Clara, as far as the society knows. Sometimes lovable, and sometimes annoying. He is very biased and is only obedient to those who are higher in rank than him. He has money on a pedestal. Symbolizes the pretentious illustrados of Rizal’s time
CHARACTERS in Noli MeTangere Fray Damaso Heis the first parish priest in San Diego; he is very abusive. He symbolizes the greedy Spanish friars of Rizals time.
CHARACTERS in Noli MeTangere Fray Salvi He is a Franciscan parish priest of San Diego. Because he is interested in Maria Clara, he and Padre Damaso devised a plan to break Ibarra and Maria Clara apart. They were successful. Symbolizes the lecherous friars of Rizal’s time
CHARACTERS in Noli MeTangere Donya Consolacion Her adulation of the Spaniards leads her to imitate the very actions and attitudes of the Spanish women. She symbolizes the Filipinos in our society who are ashamed of their own race and nationality.
CHARACTERS in Noli MeTangere Donya Victorina She is a Filipino woman married to a Spaniard. Her very actions and way of dressing will lead people to think that she is a whore. Symbolizes the social climbers at that time.
CHARACTERS in Noli MeTangere Elias He believes that justice can be obtained only through revolution --- reforms simply wont do. He symbolizes the very root of the Filipino culture before the coming of the Spaniards, which remained strong and unbroken by the Spanish culture.
CHARACTERS in Noli MeTangere Pilosopong Tasyo He is a wise man. He embodies the intelligent people, who never left the country but instead educated themselves in a religious institution.