Comparing Bless Me, Ultima And House On Mango Street

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Since the beginning of literature, authors have discussed many themes and life truths through their writing, and though they may be separated by centuries of cultural evolution, many of the characters created by these authors share a common theme. Likewise, the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, the novella The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, and the play A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare are very different stories, yet they also share a common theme. The three of the texts share the common theme of “When people ambitiously pursue their goals, they can be blinded from seeing the reality around them and make illogical decisions.” In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, the main character, Antonio, cannot…show more content…
In the play A Midsummer’s Night Dream by William Shakespeare, many of the characters relentlessly pursue their goals in the face of illogical decisions, and, while fictional items such as the “love-in-idleness” flower are used to explain the character’s sudden love for each other, the play does illustrate how love and ambition can lead to unforeseen consequences. For example, when Puck accidently anointed Lysander’s eyes with the “love-in-idleness” juice, he started a chain of events leading to Lysander and Demetrius fighting over Helena while Hermia is treated as though she is worthless. Moreover, at one point, Lysander and Demetrius even threatened to duel each other when Lysander awoke after being anointed with the flower 's juice and said, "Where is Demetrius? O, how fit a word is that vile name to perish on my sword" (61). This shows how the character’s love for certain other characters, and their ambition to pursue said love, can lead to the destruction of previous relationships and lead them to make dangerous decisions. Another example of the characters making illogical decisions because of their ambition is in the beginning of the play when Egeus takes Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius to Theseus and asks him to force his daughter to marry Demetrius lest she becomes a nun or faces death. While Egeus uses the possible death sentence as simply a threat and does not mean to actually execute his daughter, his ambition does blind him from seeing his daughter’s feelings and…show more content…
The selections Bless Me, Ultima, The House on Mango Street, and A Midsummer’s Night Dream share the common theme of “People often make illogical decisions against reason when they ambitiously pursue a goal and are blinded from seeing reality.” In Bless Me, Ultima the characters illustrate the struggle which arises from the conflict between their personal dreams and their unseen reality. Likewise, in The House on Mango Street, the main character’s hopes and dreams for the future blinds her from seeing and appreciating her current life. Moreover, in A Midsummer’s Night Dream the characters’ actions demonstrate how love and ambition can blind people from the concerns of others and cause them to make irrational decisions. With common themes binding works of different genres and eras, it is mesmerizing to see how certain life truths do not vary, even over great times and
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