“My brothers frowned. You are a Luna, they chanted in unison, you are to be a farmer-priest for mother!” (26) Even though Toni had a longing for his brothers, they denied Toni because he was greatly induced into his mother’s expectations. Andrew and Eugene had decided to walk the path of their father, and in response Antonio desired to as well. Along with this desire, Maria would lose influence over Toni. Now Toni faces pressure as the only child who can fulfill his mother’s legacy.
You will be a man of the people, and perhaps a priest” (Anaya 9). This quote providing evidence to the idea that this career was the choice of his mother’s rather than his own. At this point, he realizes his parents beliefs are now in act that could potentially affect his own future and what he does later on. He now second guesses the morals and values he has grown up with, seeing the difference in elements between the
A common thought among adolescents is the dream to finally leave home and discover who they are; I certainly share this dream. Though the concept is common, the reasons are unique; The differences in character and circumstances define who a person is. What may appear reasonable to some could very well be completely irrational to another. The story of Chris McCandless as reported by Jon Krakauer in the biographic novel Into the Wild is no exception. From the events in his childhood to the conflict with his father, we can see that Chris McCandless, a young man still discovering himself, became disillusioned with the structure of society and desired nothing more than to “no longer be poisoned by civilization” (163).
As readers, one can see that there is no hope for Cyrus; he is stuck waiting for something that will never happen. Cyrus uses Rastafarianism as a coping mechanism, he believes with the “deep fervor of his faith,” that a ship is going to come and help them escape the cycle. These beliefs allow Cyrus to explain away his personal misfortune as a trial that he and the others must endure before they can go to the promise land. The novel ends with Cyrus saying, “Tomorrow, tomorrow we shall meet again in paradise,” he like Sisyphus has tomorrow to try and escape futility. Overall, this creates an endless cycle that fuels the meaninglessness behind the lives of those in the Dungle.
John didn’t know if he was going to be a priest until his father tested him, but when they found out that he will, it changes his entire life. John was then held more accountable for his actions whether he knew or not. When John enters the place of the gods, he was confused and scared. John didn’t understand the things that the gods used. John thinks everything the gods used, had magic in them.
Bilbo had to decide whether to be a hero or stay home and be respected by other hobbits. The song that I choose was “Luxury” by Jon Bellion, where he struggles with himself getting lost in the fame and not being his true self, “don’t let my soul drown in luxury”. This is his internal conflict which relates to Bilbo choosing to be who he wants to be and also finding his true self. “the mother of this hobbit--of Bilbo Baggins, that is-- was the famous Belladonna Took”. (pg
Joseph Campbell’s Hero Cycle In Relation to Bless Me, Ultima From the moment Anaya wrote Antonio Marez into existence his character mirrors the departure in Joseph Campbell's’ hero chart. Even during his birth, his parents argue over what path he will follow. Consequential to their obsession of molding Tony in their image, his parents are absent throughout his devastating experiences, despite the fact they are quite overbearing. With his parents’ desperate attempt to vicariously live through Antonio, and all their other children also “having lived with the dreams of their father and mother haunting them,” Tony assumes the role as the leader of his family (Anaya 67). Joseph Campbell's call to adventure, or what triggers a hero’s journey, applies to Antonio when he witnesses Lupito’s death.
Transitioning between childhood and adulthood is a mesh of fog and disconnection from comfort that will eventually clear with growth and maturity. This correlates to the life of Antonio Marez, a young boy finding his way through the stages of childhood and adulthood in the novel Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya. Throughout the story, Antonio struggled to comply with the lifestyle his family chose for him which caused the haze in his mind to expand. At first, it was unclear what life he would choose, but once outside influences came into play, Antonio began to question the ideals he once believed in. In addition to his frequent questioning, life-altering events that Antonio experienced caused the fog to dissipate.
The decision was difficult as both options don’t provide him a steady choice. As being a shepherd does not promise him to be with the merchant daughter and for finding a treasure he need to give up his well settled life. But at the end he chose to find treasure as it allows him to purse his personal legend or dram of travelling throughout the world. He always considers his choice before taking a decision this can be seen through this conversation of Santiago with himself, “Here, I am between my flock and my treasure, the boy thought. He had to choose between something he had become accustomed to and something he wanted to have.
Andrei was once on the fast track to becoming a professor, but is now working for the county council. He feels like a failure and exclaims, “Oh where is it, where did my past go, when I was young, happy and intelligent, when my dreams and thoughts had some grace, and the present and future were lit up with hope?” (Chekhov 87). Andrei becomes dissatisfied with life not only because of his occupational strife, but also the marital problems he is enduring. At one point, he reveals how he questions his marriage with Natasha, “I don’t understand what I love her for, or why – I love her so – or – at least, loved-“(Chekhov 83). Succumbing to professional and personal dilemmas, it is clear why Andrei would be dissatisfied with life.