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. 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.
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.
Always have the strength to live. Love life, and if despair enters your heart, look for me in the evening when the wind is gentle and the owls sing in the hills. I shall be with you--” (ch. pg. ). Ultima says to Antonio that he must develop his own value system and to define his own identity.
Coming to grips with reality as one matures of passage celebrated around the world. Many young children are given ceremonies to celebrate the advancement to adulthood. What these ceremonies do not show is the confusion and turmoil caused by coming of age. Rudolfo Anaya’s novel, ‘Bless Me, Ultima’, shows the constant conflicts of adulthood and childhood. Anaya conveys this idea with the constant fighting between his family, hypocritical advice given by authority, and the death of vital characters to show that blossoming isn’t a pretty process.
Bless me ultima novel A person language help determine what culture they do or what they celebrate with their family. Some people language determines what kind tradition the do to celebrate it. Their language is hard to determine their culture because some languages have different cultures with the same language like in bless me ultima that antonio family praise to the virgin and some other families are catholic and some other families are christians. Bless me ultima talk about a seven year old boy who lives in new mexico who is still learning about life. Antonio though the plains was just a normal field of grass but until Ultima came antonio saw the beauty of the plains unfolded from his eyes.
“Good is always stronger than evil. Always remember that Antonio” (Anaya 102). These are words that heavily apply in the book Bless Me, Ultima and they summarize a common theme of good and evil in the novel. In Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima, juxtaposition is used to convey a sense of good and evil in various characters and it portrays that the goodness in each and every person is determined through their actions. Throughout the book, the relationship between Ultima and Tenorio depicts good and evil through the development of juxtaposition.
An example of good that is shown is being your brother’s keeper. When talking about being your brother keeper the Bible gives us a good look at what it means to be your brother’s keeper. Matthew 25:35 states” For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me” The verse tells us that being your brother’s keeper means helping them no matter what they have done or who they are. Overall, it refers to being responsible for someone.
The Spirit of the Llano Magical realism is when magical elements or illogical scenarios appear in an otherwise realistic or normal setting. In Bless Me, Ultima there are many elements of magical realism which occur in the sacred town Tony Marez spends his childhood in. Tony is the character Rudolfo Anaya uses to share personal experience he had as a child. From start to finish, the story consistently portrays imagery and personification to give the land of New Mexico a life of its own. Tony describes his magical experience when he first meets Ultima as “her eyes swept the surrounding hills and through them he saw for the first time the wild beauty of their hills and the magic of the green river.
They prove Gandhi was right about revenge being ineffective. Revenge is sweet; righteousness is
(Anaya 81). Here, Antonio, the protagonist of the novel is confused whether he should believe the religion is born into or the one he discovered through in his journey. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya is a novel about a young boy named Antonio. Antonio goes through many phases of life; with one who is his spiritual leader, moral guider, life changer and motherly figure: Ultima. She helps him to realize the different aspects of life.
Concluding Statement In conclusion, the force of attraction and love is something unique and hard to replicate. The fact that Helena’s blind love for Demetrius is something only fairy magic can replicate, as in the case of Titania and Bottom, is a testament to how strong their love is. Paragraph 2 (reason and love keep little company together nowadays/the foolishness of love) Topic Sentence
Then the Virgin tells Antonio that she will also only forgive both and not only Narciso (Anaya 173). Antonio never bothered to see Tenorio in a good light and was thus always critical of him. His good half wanted Narciso forgiven but overlooked that in being critical of Tenorio he forgot that wishing forgiveness of all means all the people. In an earlier part of the book, Antonio says “It is not easy to forgive men like Tenorio” (Anaya 138). Antonio was once again being critical just showing that he is also human and he is like the God and Virgin in that he is composed of a caring and critical personality.
English First Semester Final Essay To many readers, the most enjoyable stories are the ones that take place without sorrow, and betrayal. While these are both tragic topics, some pieces of literature are fantastic, while still broaching topics that may be harmful to the characters themselves. In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, the play A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare, and the novella The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, all contain examples of the these specific topics. These pieces of literature all share common themes of family, magic, and betrayal.
The area that is now home to the City of Duarte was originally inhabited by the Gabrielino Indians. In 1841, 7,000 acres of land was granted to former Mexican Corporal Andres Duarte. Throughout the late 1800s, a growing number of settlers came to the land. Much of Andres Duarte’s land was sold off in 40-acre plots to cover his debts, giving new families the opportunity to build homes here. By 1957, the community was ready to fight for incorporation, and on August 22 of that year, the City of Duarte and Duarte Unified School District were formed.
Two key words carried through the essay is a good man. Although the characters have severe personalities it contradicts the ideals of justice that they bring up so much. In general, the story is a conflict of interests. Each person has their own need to say something and in return pushing down another character. They play off this term by looking at the negatives instead of the positives.