The Pretender By F. Sionil Jose

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The Pretender by F. Sionil Jose Summary Antonio Samson had just returned from the United States after finishing his doctorate studies. He visited his father in prison and told his father that he will soon be married to Carmen Villa, a member of an affluent family in Manila whom he met in the United States.

Carmen's mother did not like Tony because he is poor while her father likes him because he will be good for business. Anyways, the marriage was secretly held far earlier then planned because Carmen was already pregnant. Tony was an educator at the University until he quit after a dispute with Dean Lopez, the head of the University and the one who helped him get a scholarship to study abroad. Unemployed, Tony accepted the job Don Manuel
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Money does not guarantee happiness.

Don Manuel Father of Carmen Villa, rich and influential. He approves of Tony as her daughter's husband because of Tony's expertise which will be good for business. He was the one who secretly arranged the marriage of Tony and Carmen wherein only few attended so not to embarrass Tony. Money is of main concern. Nothing matters but money. Don Manuel represents the rich people of society which have no compassion for others, especially the poor. They would step on them, use them, robbing them of their dignity just to have more money. They are the oppressor of the oppressed.

Mrs. Villa Mother of Carmen Villa who did not like Tony for Carmen as a husband. She is a hypocrite. She rides with the power and glamour of her husband. Now that she is rich she forgets about what she was, poor just like Tony. She also illustrates the crab mentality of Filipinos.

Father of Tony Tony visited his father after coming home from abroad. He is serving a life sentence for burning down the municipal building of their home town, Rosales, killing three soldiers and an hacendero. The reason why he did was oppression done to them by the rich. They were robbed of their rights of owning their own land and could no longer stand the corruption an abuse of the government and of the landlords. Tony never told anyone about his father. He was ashamed of his father. She even told Carmen that his father is long dead. Later, his father died in prison.

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