Lead In: A child will usually grow up hidden away from adult problems, and then learn the way of the world as he or she get older. However, in the novel Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, Antonio Marez, a child who has grown up with the weight of the world on his shoulders, while striving to fulfil his parents’ expectations and also struggling with the loss of many people around him, has learned to mature faster to deal with the problems he has endured in a short life time. For Antonio, his development begins not with his birth or with his first days of school, but with the arrival of Ultima, the curandera who moves in with his family because of old age. It is with Ultima’s arrival that Antonio is first exposed to the magic of the world and …show more content…
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Topic Sentence: The good and evil in the novel is displayed through Ultima and Tenorio. Ultima is the neutralizer for the llano. She protects everyone from witches and their curses. Tenorio however, with the help of his evil daughters who also have a liking for cruelty and evil, help Tenorio with his evil doings.
Topic Discussion: Throughout the novel, Antonio discovers the line between good and evil and how hard it is to distinguish. Ultima has always been named both a healer and a teacher, although there were some instances involving evil. Tenorio has and will be considered evil throughout the entire novel.
Examples: For example, Ultima kills Tenorios two daughters and to avenge their death, Tenorio tries to kill Ultima. He kills the owl, therefore taking Ultima with it. However he does not really succeed because Ultima accomplishes everything she was supposed to do and dies a peaceful death. Thus proving that good conquers all.
Closing statement: At the end of the novel, Rudolfo Anaya describes that the goodness of a person is based solely on their actions. Although Ultima has done bad, the amount of good she has done in her lifetime overpowers that, unlike Tenorio who only possesses bad. It has been made clear that distinguishing the line between good and evil is not a clean cut. This promotes Antonio’s growth and maturity, and is one of Antonio’s most valuable lesson in
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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.
However, he tried to make justice out of every situation he was put in. When the mob wanted Lupito dead he was the one who stood up for him. Antonio didn’t really know him until he stepped afoot to his garden and saw the magic in it, for he couldn’t believe it was Narcisco’s garden for it was truly a reflection of him. Narciso has always had Ultima’s back for they seemed to have some sort of connection between them since they were both misunderstood but had some sort of magic within them.
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.
Mender DiMartino Ms. Staples English 9, Block D 26 January 2023 Power of The Voice People may all see the same image, but we all have different perspectives on how we feel on the same topic. No matter the case, we must address how we feel, not by violence, but through our words. In Thomas’s novel “The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas, Starr experiences and witnesses many discriminatory acts, ultimately learning that racism in society will not change unless people speak up and challenge oppressive actions and beliefs on personal and societal levels. (Added Thesis)
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.
“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.
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.
One example of this is in Once and Future King, during the search for the Holy Grail. Lancelot finds the reason he was not allowed to win a battle was because of his pride, “Pride made me show off and help the weaker party of the tournament.” This example proves man is evil because Lancelot did not help the weaker side for the armies benefit. But, to prove he is better than everyone else, and make himself feel higher than those around him; which makes all the other knights feel bad about themselves. which makes him evil because he is harming another for self gain.
(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.
In Chapter Dos near the end, Antonio witnesses Lupito being shot right in front of him. After Antonio sees the shooting, the impact on him was massive. Although, no one except for Ultima knows that he saw the shooting, and when he comes home confused and scared, Ultima puts him to bed making sure he’s safe. That night, he has a dream about la llorona seeking his soul. Antonio’s mindset after this is different he seems slightly more mature throughout the book.
Children are the most vulnerable to outside perspectives and ideas when they are still developing their sense of reality. Most importantly, children are vulnerable when they are still learning the extent to which the boundary between possible and impossible exists. As children learn, they realize that the world that once seemed limitless has limited capabilities. Their entire world is put into perspective based on their personal experiences. In “Bless Me Ultima”, a novel by Rudolfo Anaya, Antonio Marez experiences this progression firsthand.
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.
One example is after Juliet's first encounter with Romeo at the party. When finding out the Romeo is from the enemy’s family, she tells her personal guardian, “ My only love, sprung from my only hate!” (Shakespeare III.v.147). This shows that even Juliet realizes that her true love rose from those who she was supposed to hate. This proves that violence can put an end to problems, because Romeo's problem of finding true love is solved due to the enmity of the families.