If the golden carp was a god, who was the man on the cross? The Virgen?” (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.
He must embrace all the aspects of his culture and childhood- Luna and Marez; Native American, Spanish, and English; Catholic and pagan; curanderismo and priesthood- and build his own identity out of them, accepting them all as valid in their contradictions. This also resolves the tension between innocence and experience that arises from the moment that Maria first claims that it is a sin to grow up. The last dream portrays Antonio’s inner religious doubt in the form of the people he has acted as priest for, as he wonders if his prayers had any effect. That
In Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, Antonio a young Catholic is left to question his beliefs when a curandera named Ultima exposes him to her own beliefs. Thus introducing Antonio to Ultimas paganistic ways which is causing him to not only explore more of his beliefs, but Antonio is discovering many ideas that go against the Catholic religion. This causes him to not only question his beliefs but to explore other cultures as well as determine which religious ideas he decides to pursue. The presence of Ultima has a positive effect on Antonio,
In Rudolfo Anaya's post WWII Chicano novel Bless Me, Ultima Anaya uses the symbol of the Golden Carp to present an alternative from Christianity that Antonio feels he needs. At the beginning of the novel Antonio is stressed and concerned by his religion Christianity. This was probably why the Golden Carp is such an escape for all his questions and problems. For
Pi then goes on to talk about how he and his brother discover a Christian church one day, and his brother dares him to go drink the Holy Water. While in the church, Pi meets the priest and asks why God gave his only son for us, and if God is so perfect and we are not, why did he create us. The priest then teaches him about Christianity, and subsequently, Pi starts practicing this religion as well. Pi did not understand Christianity at first
“So I decided that maybe to save further trouble, I’d better lie too, and say that Jesus had come, and get up and be saved. So I got up.” (Hughes, 300). The only reason he had gotten up because he had waited and waited to see Jesus and the other little boy had also lied about seeing Jesus. Hughes was the last person in the church that was
For example, when Antonio questions his religion and his own God, he feels as though he has to do it alone. Rather than the priest help him answer his questions, his own father answers the questions Antonio has. Antonio’s father says, “Understanding comes with life as a man grows he me sees life and eath, he is happy and sad, he works, plays, meets people-- sometimes it takes a lifetime to acquire understanding”(248). His family is there for Antonio in his time for need in any problem he may be facing because that’s the only thing he
Owen’s strong connection to his faith – partially from his parents – causes him to assume that he is an instrument of God, and given that he receives messages and visions into his future, along with the fact that his whole life is set up to accomplish one task, he is correct in assuming so. Owen is regarded as a spiritual figure in the first few pages of this book. As the novel begins, John claims: “What faith I have I owe to Owen Meany” (2). It is immediately apparent that Owen is deeply committed to his religion. The insight about his birth that the reader receives towards the end – Owen’s dad tells John “… ‘that Owen was a virgin birth…’” (536) – emphasizes the point that Owen is portrayed as a Christ figure.
Of course, there is the main God, the one who is accompanied by Virgin Mary, as well as the Golden Carp. As his father, Gabriel informed him that Antonio’s opinion of, “Maybe I do not have to be just Marez or Luna, perhaps I can be both- (247),” was the most precise opinion in the moment. So the choice of this young child was to believe in the Golden Carp. This Golden Carp would not only end the ongoing conflict of the two families, but it would eventually guide Antonio to the life that he chose. It would soothe the conflict by combining the three concepts of religion that arose.
Watching the film Priest for the first time, not really focusing on the issue of the Seal of the Confessional, I was preoccupied with Father Greg’s many dilemmas about the Church, faith and homosexuality. The second time around, however, I watched the film with a clear question in my mind – is the Seal of the Confessional to be respected at all times, and are possible repercussions for the victim of the penitent worth the honouring of secrecy? It immediately became clear to me that in fact, there is no dilemma at all. The Seal of the Confessional was introduced in 1151 and states: "Let the priest who dares to make known the sins of his penitent be deposed." It is quite similar in function to the rule regarding psychotherapy and doctor-patient