A."if anyone is going to fit into their dreams it 's going have to be you, Tony." (Anaya 74). i.Antonio wants to please his parents like any other considerate child and because the brothers could not due so there is an obligation for Antonio fulfill the parents dreams. Yet, in this process Antonio is losing sight of what he believes or has
He is confronted with two paths arranged by his mother, who is of a Catholic descent and by his father, the son of Vaqueros to pursue in which concern being a becoming a priest or roaming the plains, continuing tradition. Because both of his parents believed so strongly in their values and morals, he did not have any certainty which was correct and which he should abide by. In chapter 1 of Bless Me, Ultima, his mother states “You will be like my brothers. You will be a Luna, Antonio. You will be a man of the people, and perhaps a priest” (Anaya 9).
The Life Antonio Beholds In the book, Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, the main character Antonio Marez, faces a challenge that no other child should. Antonio is surrounded by a large family that has many differences as to how he should live his life. On the Marez’s side of the family, he is to become a man free upon the llano and a vaquero. For his mother’s side, the Luna's believe he shall become a priest that is tied to the land.
He chose the right decision of covering up her accident, by acting out of pure love for her as a father to daughter. Throughout the whole story, Luke has had rituals in his house that he does to bring his spiritual relationship between him and God closer. At the end of the story, Luke also attempts to talk to God to justify his actions after the occurence. Luke tries to convince God and argue that he has never had a daughter of his own, so of course, he doesn’t know what it’s like. But, Luke is asked if he loves his daughter more than himself, because it would be a ‘love in weakness’, however God is reminded that it is similar to his love of humankind.
Anaya uses religion as a way to tear the family apart as well as a way to bring Antonio’s family together. For example, religion tears Antonio’s family apart through destiny. Antonio’s mother wants him to become a priest with strong religious values. On the other hand, Antonio’s father wants Antonio to roam free and stray away from anything trying to keep him down. Another example is how religion spiritually tears Antonio apart.
In Bless me Ultima, Antonio struggles to choose what path in life he wants to take. Antonio’s parents come from very different families and both think Antonio should follow the lifestyle of their family’s side. Antonio’s mother wants her son to follow in the footsteps of the Lunas and become a servant of God, a priest. On the other hand, his father dreams of him and his son venturing to California and starting a new life full of adventure. His parents’ constant disagreement about Antonio’s destiny causes an internal conflict that wreaks havoc on him throughout the book.
Luke says that he knows that trials are coming and that it is the faith that he upholds that is bringing him trials, “I knew that life would try me.” (Dubus 16). It seems he lost his family because of hate. Paul is trying to figure out the best way he could have tried to save the family. “A Father’s Story,” at different points, portrays Luke Ripley as the antagonist and the protagonist
The implementation of the history of New Mexico’s events and peoples is important to better your understanding of the book, Bless Me, Ultima. The novel, Bless Me, Ultima, is a fictional story written by Rudolfo Anaya, who writes the story from the point of view of a young boy named Antonio Marez. He based his novel on his own life, people he knew, and the history of New Mexico. Because he implements parts of real New Mexican history in the novel, we will be able to relate the state's past to the place, time, and people to the novel. Although the novel is a work of fiction, multiple events in New Mexico’s history relate to the novel in many ways that are obvious to spot.
The stories “Abuela Invents the Zero” and “A Celebration of Grandfathers” follow the past of a very nice, thoughtful man by the name of Rudolfo Anaya, and the present day of a rude, unthoughtful girl by the name of Constancia. Both of these stories give very different points of views in terms of character personality and respect towards their elders. To begin, both of the stories are based off of the relationship between a grandparent and their grandchild. In “Abuela Invents the Zero”, Constancia’s grandmother went on her first trip to America. She went to America between September and March because the story explained that she wanted to see the snow in America before she died.
In the beginning of chapter 14; Antonio reunites with his group of friends and classmates in the playground. At this point Antonio was now in the third grade because he was allowed to move up two grade levels. During a conversation about how Antonio is now in the third grade, Ernie teases about how Ultima is Antonio’s witch. Ernie also then comments “is it true your brother ’s been whoring with the girls at Rosie’s”