For people who struggle with sight, glasses are a general source of clarity. But, the second the glasses are removed life becomes an intimidating blur. However, the moment the thick layered comfort is removed and something new is brought into life, the fog clears. Much like the haze that follows the removal of glasses is the haze that dwells in the mind of an adolescent. Transitioning between childhood and adulthood is a mesh of fog and disconnection from comfort that will eventually clear with growth and maturity. This correlates to the life of Antonio Marez, a young boy finding his way through the stages of childhood and adulthood in the novel Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya. Throughout the story, Antonio struggled to comply with the lifestyle his family chose for him which caused the haze in his mind to expand. At first, it was unclear what life he would choose, but once outside influences came into play, Antonio began to question the ideals he once believed in. In addition to his frequent questioning, life-altering events that Antonio experienced caused the fog to dissipate. Luckily the pressure, questioning and experiences Antonio faced pushed him into a state of maturity that allowed him to break from his old ways and choose his own path in life. Antonio's family had conflicting …show more content…
The pressures he faced from his family were no longer relevant to the ideas of a future that he had conjured up for himself. Having questioned ideals that seemed imperative he was able to uncover his true feelings toward the subject of independent thinking. And after the life changing events that took place, Tony no longer relied on others and came into his own. Considering the timeline of Antonio’s adolescence it is clear he grew to a point of maturity and independence that allowed him to prepare in choosing his own path in
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In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, the bridge is a structure that connects the town and Antonio’s home, this symbolizes a connection between the two worlds of danger and safety. The bridge is described as a connection or link to the town and Anaya shows this when he writes, “I took confidence from its song, and wiping my tears from my eyes I raced towards the bridge, the link to the town” (Anaya 59). This quote shows us how the bridge is the structure connecting his home to the town. The town is an unfamiliar place for Antonio, the difference in the town is dangerous for Antonio and the familiarness of his home gives safety. The bridge is not just a literal bridge, but a passageway between to the worlds of safety and danger.
When Tony grew up, he wanted to be a priest, but that all changed after the death of Adam. “I am Catholic. It is God’s commandment that I do not kill.” (Mckay 83) After all of that, Tony changed pretty dramatically. He started believing that killing was the answer and that the LRA was correct about everything.
He speaks much of his parents in a classroom setting and the respect both of them showed their students: “My dad believed you can’t teach only one way with only one syllabus, because while some students might get it, others won’t” (Dungy 14). Tony respected his father’s mind set on teaching and how he treated each individual student. I believe this mind set was passed down to Tony. I’ve noticed in my 18 years of life how hard it can be for some people to give credit to people who have gotten them where they are today.
He discusses how his mother drank alcohol while she was pregnant with him, and how this affected his health. He also acknowledges that his mother continued to drink while he was a child and that he was eventually put into foster care. This information is vital to the filmmaker’s argument, as it strengthens the idea that while Tony was away from the town, he lost touch with his roots and thus lost his identity. While discussing this Tony begins to dance, and as he stops dancing the camera focuses on his face leading into the addition of information from Tony’s past. This time Tony discusses his problem with drugs and alcohol and how throughout hi teens, he used substances to solve his problems.
Many religions use water to purify and cleanse. In the Catholic religion, priests use water to baptize. In the Hindu religion, people use it to cleanse themselves before prayer. Water is often viewed as holy and sacred by these and many other religions, and is commonly associated with life and purity. However, Rudolfo Anaya in his book, Bless Me, Ultima, takes a completely different turn on this commonly used symbol.
Tony Dungy 's childhood was different than those around him. Unlike his classmates who were raised under the belief that they would grow up and work at a factory, his parents raised him with the belief that whatever he wanted he could achieve, including college. Tony was raised in a uneducated town with educated parents who made it their mission to help kids be their best. With this childhood Tony is able to see the world very differently. Unlike other coaches, Tony doesn 't give up on his players, he sticks with them and tries different ways of explaining.
The loss of Tony’s innocence from situations he counters plays an important role in the maturity he develops by the end of the story. As he is guided by Ultima, lessons are learned and she encourages him to be whatever he wants to be, and grow up into someone that he will be proud of. Magical realism overall contributes to his childhood experiences and his interactions with the world, which shape him into the man he
In Bless me Ultima, Antonio struggles to choose what path in life he wants to take. Antonio’s parents come from very different families and both think Antonio should follow the lifestyle of their family’s side. Antonio’s mother wants her son to follow in the footsteps of the Lunas and become a servant of God, a priest. On the other hand, his father dreams of him and his son venturing to California and starting a new life full of adventure. His parents’ constant disagreement about Antonio’s destiny causes an internal conflict that wreaks havoc on him throughout the book.
In the dream his parents’ opposing desires are clearly shown. I can tell it is a dream because it is italicized. Tony will eventually have all his questions answered and finally make a decision as to whether he wants to be a vaquero, farmer, priest, or maybe even create a different kind of
We often encourage people to actively pursue their happiness while also wanting to discourage them to escape from reality. However, avoiding your issues is also a way of pursuing happiness, even though this route will prove to be temporary. In the literary piece, “Horses of the Night” by Margaret Laurence, the author describes the story of a boy named Chris, who, due to his financial conditions, is forced to move from his home in Shallow Creek to dwell in Manawaka, in order to attend high school. Chris’ character is used to demonstrate the idea that individuals may escape from the miserable aspects of their lives in order to stay happy. Through the course of this work, you witness the changes Chris undergoes, through the eyes of his six-year-old cousin Vanessa, which ultimately lead to his downfall.
Analyze how the strong personal voice of a narrator helped you to understand a theme in the written text. The novel ‘Marcelo in the Real World’ is written by Francisco X Stork. He uses a strong personal voice of a teenager, Marcelo Sandoval. Through the narration of a teen, a theme of suffering due to his disability is portrayed.
The narrator begins to change as Robert taught him to see beyond the surface of looking. The narrator feels enlightened and opens up to a new world of vision and imagination. This brief experience has a long lasting effect on the narrator. Being able to shut out everything around us allows an individual the ability to become focused on their relationships, intrapersonal well-being, and
Imagine going somewhere that you would absolutely despise going to. You go there, and after you arrive home, you think about your experiences there and realize that you actually had a delightful time! This is how Auggie, from R.J. Palacio’s book, “Wonder” feels. Auggie is a 10-year-old boy who has been homeschooled his whole life. Everything about him is normal, except for his face.