When you are young you are taught what is generally right or wrong. You are not given a chance to choose what you believe in since you are only a baby, and can not fully comprehend the concept of things such as religion. Once you are old enough you are exposed to the variety of cultures that may fascinate you, and will help influence how you think. The majority of individuals tend to follow their own beliefs when they are well into their adult life, since they were taught to believe what their parents believed in. In Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, Antonio a young Catholic is left to question his beliefs when a curandera named Ultima exposes him to her own beliefs.
Recently, there has been a constant barrage of news regarding the war against ISIS by the United States of America. No matter what news source is on the air, one of the stories is practically guaranteed to bring up ISIS. The main cause between the two groups fighting, and the consequential reporting afterwards, is culture. Different cultures will always lead to battle and conflict.
In almost any person's life religion is always an internal struggle. Deciding which religion they want to chose and why they want to chose it. For some people it is more difficult than others to chose one, especially if you are already born into one. Anaya’s main character in Bless Me Ultima is going through many tough emotions to figure out what religion is right for him because he is already born into a very religious Christian family. In Rudolfo Anaya's post WWII Chicano novel Bless Me, Ultima Anaya uses the symbol of the Golden Carp to present an alternative from Christianity that Antonio feels he needs.
When growing up, one can second guess their beliefs and who they are. This usually happens when people are introduced to other ideas. This helps them create their own identity, and solidify who they are and their beliefs. This can lead to even more opinions in societies with more cultural syncretism which leads to clashing between religious and cultural ideals. In the novel “Bless me, Ultima”, Rudolfo Anaya uses the cultural and religious syncretism in the society of New Mexico to display juxtaposition between the Luna and Márez, as well as Catholicism and the Golden Carp, to help Antonio solidify and change his beliefs, displaying the consequences and results of cultural syncretism.
Lead In: Cultural conflict in a family can lead to many events that can affect a child’s life. The child may become confused on what life to live or how to live it, especially when their goal is to ultimately make their parents proud. The child will also have a hard time growing up as he or she tries to figure out what path to choose regarding culture. Cultural conflict though, can make a person become stronger and give them a sense of being their own person II. Introduction Paragraph 2 Overview and Background
How can one woman completely turn the life of a young boy upside down and change his life forever? In Bless Me, Ultima, Ultima, an old curandera who leads a boy, Antonio, on possibly the most spectacular and terrifying adventure he will ever experience in his life. Antonio, the protagonist in this novel, is a young boy who receives help from Ultima in order to find his own identity. " Always have the strength to live. Love life, and if the despair enters your heart, look for me in the evenings when the wind is gentle and the owls sing in the hills.
In the novel Bless Me, Ultima, the author Rudulfo Anaya utilizes juxtaposition between the unique characteristics of Márez family and Luna family for the purpose of indicating uncertain destiny of Antonio, conclusively unveiling that whether how big the influences are done on one’s destiny, it can only be determined by one’s own choice. Antonio’s parents have different perspective of Antonio’s future since they belong to two distinct families, and one night Antonio dreams about his birth: “This one will be a Luna…will be a farmer and keep our customs and traditions… He is a Márez… His forefathers were conquistadores, men as restless as the seas they sailed and as free as the land they conquered. He is his father’s blood”(Anaya 6).
Yeti's Need Love Too Love takes an imaginary twist in Motke Dapp's inventive romantic comedy Everyday Yeti. Love is a complicated process. I know, like you needed to hear that. Yes, on its surface it's a one on one game, but when you look deeper into the playbook, you realize there are other players involved. There's the other person's family.
The hero’s journey is a common theme in many mythological novels that convey the adventures the protagonist experiences as they resolve their conflicts in an attempt to become their own savior. As the novels go about the hero’s decisive crisis and victories, the protagonist is often subjected to develop as he grows mentally from learning from his problems. In the novel, Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, the story of Antonio exhibits how coming of age can be difficult. As Antonio grows older, he learns that there are many obstacles he must surpass, and to aid him with these challenges is his mentor, the curandera, as she brings about the mythical aspects.
Sleep is symbolic for peace and harmony. However sometimes the war you face while awake can haunt your sleep. The protagonist Antonio (Toni) in Bless Me Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya is forced to face the differentiating cultures and influences projected by his elders. His parents attempt to live their dreams through Toni but only cause the development of the opposite within Antonio. The conflict Toni faces has such a tremendous impact on him that it besets his dreams.