Realities and Dreams
As an author, N.V.M. Gonzalez usually wrote about the Filipino life and Filipinos in general. One of his most remarkable short stories is “The Bread of Salt”. The story is about a young boy who was very much in love with a girl named Aida but he was turned down mainly because of the difference in class that he later realized. However, this story is unlike any other typical love story. In fact, story is talks more about the painful realization of the young boy who was blinded from reality.
In opening scene, we are told about the great Spanish house where Aida lived and from the line “I often wondered whether I was being depended upon to spend the years ahead in the service of this great house”, it clearly shows the difference of their classes. As we all know, in the real world, classes are a hindrance to love and marriage which the boy failed to realize from the very start because of his young age. Young boys naturally tend to think that the world revolves around them and this is why the young boy had a lot of dreams and plans. One of his dreams was becoming a rich and famous violinist. He had devoted much of his time in mastering his skills so he could impress Aida. There is really nothing wrong with that but the thing is, at his age, he should be concentrating on other more important and productive things like his school works. He also had so many plans for Aida, including writing love letters and buying her a brooch. He has even thought of marrying Aida in the future. These things clearly show that the boy was very much in love with Aida so much so that he forgot that in this world not all dreams really come true.
In the middle part of the story, the boy was relieved and was happy when he found out that her aunt brought a maid with her and that, his task of buying pan de sal every morning is now given to the “poor girl”. This suggests that the boy, again, was somehow escaping from reality. ...