Greg Brillantes From the upstairs veranda, Dr. Lazaro had a view of stars, the country darkness, the lights on the distant highway at the edge of town. The phonograph in the sala played Chopin — like a vast sorrow controlled, made familiar, he had wont to think. But as he sat there, his lean frame in the habitual slack repose took after supper, and stared at the plains of night that had evoked gentle images and even a kind of peace in the end, sweet and invincible oblivionDr.
Gregorio Brillantes Reaction How small we are in the vastness of things by: Antonio Conejos Faith, Love, Time is about the collision of the great existential themes of life to those indicated in the title we can also add hope, purpose and empathy with the harsh realities of living.
These are the abstract aspirations smashing into the concrete problems of the everyday, as exemplified by the country doctor, Lazaro. Lazaro is a pool of darkness surrounded by light.
Indeed, light, its retreat and approach, its highs and ebbs, is a central motif throughout the story and one which must be watched closely. Light is associated with all the things Lazaro no longer believes in. One, it is associated with faith, Mrs.
Lazaro had resumed her knitting; in the circle of yellow light, her head bowed, she seemed absorbed in some contemplative prayer He hurried down the carving stairs, under the votive lamps of the Sacred Heart. Third, light is finally also associated with life itself. Their final stop before heading to the hut where the death of the baby waits is a gas station, its fluorescent lights the only brightness on the plain before them, on the road that led farther into deeper darkness.
The descent towards darkness and death is further seen in their crossing of a river, to drown here in the depths of the night before they reach the hut - an allusion to the River Styx. The preponderance of darkness, and the linking of existential themes to light themes which Lazaro yearns for but can no longer believe inillustrates that Lazaro is a damaged man; scarred irrevocably by his work duty had taken the place of an exhausted compassion and the loss of his first son He closed his eyes, erasing the slashed wrists, part of the future dead in a boarding-house room Sorrow lay in ambush among the years.
That Lazarus is damaged is aptly seen in the darkness surrounding him. But can there be a resurrection? There are encouraging signs as the short story progresses that Lazaro tentatively takes some steps towards the light, ie.
The catalyst for this spark of belief is Ben, his last son, He could sense the boy groping for the tremendous answers But just as Ben tries to articulate all the light his father has lost, of faith and hope, the light becomes too strong and blind Lazarus.
This is literally seen in the story for just as Lazarus again yearns to believe, A bus roared around a hill toward them, its lights blinding him. Lazaro falls back into darkness and is denied the light.
Instead of faith, hope and love he is consigned back to his tomb of death and dirt.
In the headlights the dust sifted down and when the air was clear again, Dr. Lazaro, swallowing a taste of earth, of darkness, maneuvered the car back onto the road, his arms numb and exhausted. The darkness though does not make Lazaro an evil man.
He is simply tired, a character who has seen too much and who, like Job, asks what did man do to deserve this lot. But to what end are the sufferings of a child? And again like Job, Lazarus has the temerity to insist that is wrong and to ask the only question there is to ask; why?
A bit ponderous when I first read it but it sort of grows on you after successive readings. There really are a lot of layers here, from the imagery to the allusions to the many possible double meanings of various bits of dialogue.What is the problem in the story love faith and time?
*Dr. Lazaro wanted Ben to take up medicine (not a country doctor) and engineering. *Before reaching the house of Esteban, they have to cross the fields and a river.
*There was an old man, grandmother, a ten-year-old boy, and Esteban’s wife. Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro by Gregorio C. Brillantes Presented by: Gil, Bajao, Teng, Garcia, Yu, Mencias Bismark, Braga, and Merritt 2.
Plot Summary The main Plot is about a . Faith, love, time and dr 1. Faith, Love, Time and Dr. Lazaro by Gregorio C. Brillantes Presented by: Gil, Bajao, Teng, Garcia, Yu, Mencias Bismark, Braga, and Merritt 2. Plot Summary The main Plot is about a father who wants a son to be a doctor.
His son (Ben) though wants to be in the service of God by becoming a priest. "As he slid the door open on the vault of darkness, the familiar depths of the house, it came to Dr.
Lazaro faintly in the late night that for certain things, like love, there was only so much time. Faith, Love, Time, and Dr.
Lazaro by: Gregorio Brillantes Dr, Lazaro is a successful country doctor, yet unfortunately, he feels as though it is his duty to help others, no longer does he have the extreme compassion, which he once had for his job.