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.
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.
When Antonio sees the Golden Carp the first time, he could not believe his eyes that he had saw a pagan god. He is so astonished upon seeing the Golden Carp that he felt like he had witnessed a miraculous thing. All the thoughts that were going on in his mind about how the power of God failed where Ultima's magic worked and that if the God of the church had saw him observing the Golden Carp, Antonio thought that he had sinned and he went to pray to the god of the Church. Because he was confused about between the two different god's, the same night, he had another dream about the contradictory cultures in his life. In his dream, his mother says to him that the water of the Church runs through his body and it is the water of his baptism.
rompt#3 Symbolism Symbolism is everywhere, it exists at whatever point something is intended to speak to something else. In Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, many of the objects Antonio, the main protagonist, and encounters are seen to be religious and further develops his coming of age. Anaya continually sets religion, as the primary character Antonio fights for reality in life. Antonio only sees the Catholicism and the ideals of Christ until his time of purity starts to arrive at an end. The golden carp, water, and the bridge are an extension of where Antonio finds out the harsh reality of the world.
What makes this choice equally difficult is having to choose whether to go against their parents wishes or against their own. In the book Bless Me, Ultima, Antonio (the protagonist) is face with the fact that God’s power failed to heal his uncle, yet, Ultimas power’s were able to. He also encounters another god that he is actually able to see with his own two eyes which, ultimately confuses Antonio even more. He states “Why had the power of God failed to cure my uncle? I am a Catholic… I can believe only in the God of the church”(107).
Albert D. Saba Mr. Amoroso English 12 AP Period: 3 LAP Topic: 2 BLESS ME, ULTIMA The Classic by Rudolfo Anaya Saba Page 1. The powerful force of a Latino family begins with the basis of the strength in a man. In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, Antonio Márez a six-year-old begins to wonder if his destiny lies in being a vaquero or a priest. Inside Antonio, he has the blood of two different customs streaming through his veins. Is there an outlet to which can help you view your own life or guide you through it?
A.Primarily with Ultima the shaman she shows Antonio that there is more to believe in or Samuel where as he did not believe in anything and was an Atheist. If a God any God why not a golden carp because that is what Cisco believes in as well as the Indian myths. These diverse cultural traditions caused Antonio to question himself but as well allowed him to explore, understand and have an open mind. III.Antonio Marez should proceed to become a priest to please his parents expectations but accept and involve the outside forces that are affecting his beliefs. These life scenarios will guide Antonio to be an open minded priest.
Antonio always had his mind set on his one destiny of becoming a priest but this belief system is second guessed when he helps Ultima cure his uncle Lucas from a deathly sickness when the priest couldn 't. Many times in the novel, supernatural or paganistic objects help more than the God above. For example, when Narciso dies, God does not help him live, he let 's the evil Tenorio live instead. Antonio, confused with what religion to pick turns to paganism and the natural belief system.
Responding to the call of the Creator with reference to St.Luke in “The Dear and glorious Physician” by Taylor Caldwell STELLA.A ASSISTANT PROFESSOR DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH BACAS Taylor Caldwell addressed religious themes in her works. Caldwell has chosen in this novel, the grand, the splendid means to describe the story of St.Luke. Her own travels through the Holy land and tears of meticulous research made Dear and Glorious Physician, a fully developed portrait of a complex and brilliant man. The objective of the paper is to portray how a man who loves God in his childhood. As an adolescent due to bitterness and sorrow hates God.
I had waded across that river many times, but I never felt an urgency like today. I was excited about seeing the magical golden carp” (107). Antonio thinks he is committing a sin when going to see the golden carp, but actually the fish ranks first in importance for the christian belief an Antonio is Catholic. The symbol was most likely suggested by the loaves