In life, people tend to classify ideas into good and evil based on their views and beliefs. The novel, Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, portrays the life a six-year old boy named Antonio living around the time of World War II. Antonio faces many challenges in life as he grows into adulthood. In order to see what is good and evil, Antonio sees things as good if it agrees with his beliefs and sees things as evil if something threatens his beliefs. Many people in life think like Antonio, if people’s beliefs are agreed upon, they see it as good and if people beliefs are contradicted, it is seen as evil. The reality is that good and evil cannot be divided due to a difference of beliefs. This means that a person may see something as evil that another person see as good. …show more content…
He knew that the men killed Lupito for murdering the sheriff, but he also knew that killing a person was a major immoral act according to his religion: “Now the men on the bridge walked the earth with the terrible burden of dark mortal sin on their souls, and hell was the only reward.” (page 28) The men on the bridge killed Lupito because they are doing a good thing by avenging the sheriff. Antonio on the other hand, thinks that the men will go to hell because it was a mortal sin which was evil. This shows that people have their own beliefs, therefore good and evil cannot be distinguished.
Many people in the novel believe that Ultima is a good person, however Tenorio believes she had done evil. Ultima is a curandera, a person who cures using herbs and magic. She is portrayed as a good person since she uses her skills to help and save people. However, in one scene in the novel, she puts a counter curse on the Trementina sisters which ultimately kills two out of three of them. The Trementina sisters were witches that cursed one of Antonio’s
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Before they entered the house she wanted to talk to Tenorio. Tenorio was the father of the daughters who cursed Lucas. She wanted to get him to get his daughters to reverse the curse. On their way home, Antonio is almost crushed when Tenorio on horse hurried home to warn his daughters of Ultima. When her and tony came back to the Luna farm, Ultima closes herself into Lucas’ room.
Thus introducing Antonio to Ultimas paganistic ways which is causing him to not only explore more of his beliefs, but Antonio is discovering many ideas that go against the Catholic religion. This causes him to not only question his beliefs but to explore other cultures as well as determine which religious ideas he decides to pursue. The presence of Ultima has a positive effect on Antonio,
The film “Bless me, Ultima” is based on the novel of Rodolfo Anaya and describes the story of Antonio Marez (the main character) journey in life as he discovers his own true identity. His journey begins when a “curandera” named Ultima arrives to stay at the Marez residence. His mind begins to be divvied as Ultima reveals to him her methods of healing and starts to be conflicted as he was raised under catholic beliefs and Ultima’s methods are nowhere near obliged the catholic ways. Throughout the novel we see Antonio with different identies almost like if theyre different outfits he wears throughout the novel reavling to the reader that Ultima’s appearance in Antionis life has left Antionio with the begging question what really is his true identity as a person?
I am to be a priest” (73). The temptation of the woman in Rosie’s house and Antonio’s innocence directly correlates to good and evil as Rosie’s house represents the root of sin and Antonio’s innocence represents purity and goodness. Antonio accumulates a sense of good and evil because he decides not to give in to the temptation and his actions establish the good in him. Another example of this is when Antonio’s brothers decide to go into the brothel and they give into the temptation. “My brothers laughed and pushed me aside.
Although everyone has the capacity to act good, there is also evil within everyone and it is only
Growing up is a journey and overcoming society’s principles and beliefs are a part of it. These actions mark a rite of passage for some people leaving them to explore their own culture and views. The journey of growing up is like climbing a mountain, it 's not about what is at top, it 's about how the top is reached, the climb. People can either chose their journey or let others chose is for them. For example, parents enrolling their son into a war, such as World War II, without hearing his feelings towards everything.
For instance, so many Catholics have adopted the belief of reincarnation and it is not a Catholic belief. Reincarnations is when the soul is reborn into a new body, many people agree that one lifetime is not enough to determine the fate of a human being. When an individual is part of a religious group that does not necessarily mean they must give up their freedom of thought. Such ideas help to express an individual 's characteristic (Stafford). Thus, not only does Antonio learn from Ultima that you can have your own concept, but that it is acceptable to explore other
The main driving point is Bless Me Ultima is Antonio’s coming of age. In the novel, Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, Antonio is spiritually and religiously tested which leads him to a bildungsroman. Throughout the novel, Antonio encounters religious doubts like the golden carp and spiritual events like the deaths of others. Although Antonio’s purpose in the story is to fulfill his prophecy, along the way he experiences life changing grows more as a spiritual and religious person. Antonio spiritually grows when he experiences the deaths of Lupito and other dear friends.
Evil is a simple word that we learn at a young age and that we understand is bad. However, our youth and innocence prevents us from knowing the weight the word holds. As our understanding of evil develops, we begin to see evil all around us. Although we hold common societal definitions of evil, each person is bound to view evil slightly different from others. Someone might consider alcoholism evil, while others consider it normal: someone might believe racism is evil, while others believe it is natural.
He describes the objection as, “all men desire the apparent good, but have no control over the appearance, but the end appears to each man in a form answering to his character” (1114b). This view argues that all people pursue that which seems good, but some people cannot see the true good, which is out of their control. The immediate implication of this objection, if it is indeed true, suggests that “no one is responsible for his own evildoing” (1114b).
The Human Struggle: Good Versus Evil Good and evil is present everywhere. In many shapes and forms, good and evil manifest. It is always around us and always within us. Good is that which is morally right. Someone who is good does the right thing regardless of whether or not anyone will know.
The understanding that some people are good or bad widespread all over the world.” The evil comes from human history and continue until today” and even today this statement has existed. Moreover, when people want to explain why people do some evil acts, the discussion often end with words like “people initially are born evil”. However, some other people argued that people are born good. Because of these many critics has debates such as: are people born bad, good or just like naked board without any morality.
Women in this play shape the way the plot unfolds. Emilia is possibly the smartest women in this entire play and is not appreciated by her husband Lago. Emilia even goes as far as to help Lago with his evil plan and he never thanks her. Desdemona is the most important women character of the play and is treated the worst by her husband Othello. Desdemona is a loving and faithful wife and is not trusted by her husband.
In today’s culture evil is considered subjective, but in my opinion it is not. I believe that evil is anything that goes against God’s will. Evil does not have to be something many might believe is a “terrible sin” like murder. I believe that all sin is evil, even if it’s something that most would not consider to be a big deal. If it goes against God’s morality, it is considered evil.