Coming to grips with reality as one matures of passage celebrated around the world. Many young children are given ceremonies to celebrate the advancement to adulthood. What these ceremonies do not show is the confusion and turmoil caused by coming of age. Rudolfo Anaya’s novel, ‘Bless Me, Ultima’, shows the constant conflicts of adulthood and childhood. Anaya conveys this idea with the constant fighting between his family, hypocritical advice given by authority, and the death of vital characters to show that blossoming isn’t a pretty process. With the constant struggle between innocence and maturity in oneself, Anaya depicts that gaining new knowledge coupled with losing innocence is vital to coming of age, as seen in the main character, Tony.
Guilt alters one’s sense of self, paralyzing them to any other emotion, slowly deteriorating their minds. In the novel Fifth Business by Robertson Davies and in the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare, significant characters are controlled by their guilt for similar reasons. No matter the cause, it makes them feel responsible for someone else’s suffering, motivates them to commit acts as an attempt to escape, and suffer in the end as they are always brought to their inevitable fate. These characters include Paul Dempster and Hamlet as they both experience guilt because of their parents, Leola Cruikshank and Ophelia as they have guilt in the relationships they are in, and Boy Staunton and Claudius because they both deny their wrongful deeds, but their guilt is tragically revealed throughout their lives.
In the great history of man, there is no event committed as gut-wrenchingly ignoble as the Holocaust. Therefore, conveying the devastation and emotional trauma on a believable and personal level is a sign of fantastic writing, which can be seen in Elie Wiesel’s Night. Moreover, to take this awful situation and put an almost light-hearted twist on it is also increasable, which is seen in the film “Life is Beautiful.” Accordingly, both of these mediums portray main characters that are in concentration camps, but present them in varying ways that create stories that feel completely different. There are similarities and differences to be found in the stories through God’s provisions, the father/son relationships, and their tones.
Immigration has shaped the United States as a nation since the first newcomers arrived over 400 years ago. America has been known to be a nation of immigrants. Most immigrants viewed America as the "Land of Opportunity." Back in the mid-19th century to the early 20th century immigrants mostly from eastern and westerns Europe were leaving their home to find work in order to allow them to live a better life and to practice their religion freely. Many immigrants came to America seeking greater economic opportunity. America technically kept its promise but the quality of the job that came with it was terrible. They had jobs but the conditions were horrible
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.
Throughout this semester as a class we have gone over many different terminology, seen many artists from all different countries and time periods. We have also learned about different kinds of art and media that the Artist work with. Over the entire semester I have gained a greater appreciation and understanding for art. Taking all of the new information that I learned this semester I choose three pieces of artwork from the St. Louis Art Museum. Two are similar to each other and the other is very different. The three pieces that I choose to critique are called Keith, Betty and Loch Lomond.
Lead In: Bless Me, Ultima is a book about coming of age. Antonio, the main protagonist in the book is thrown challenges that will shape Antonio into the man he will become one day. Once Ultima, a curandera or healer comes to stay with his family, Antonio’s world gets filled with twists and turns like a book written by R.L. Stine.
Antonio struggles with questions about his destiny and the destiny of others, Ultima teaches him how to cope with the challenges in his life. He is concerned about what he is meant to be in the future. There is conflict between his mother’s family and his father’s about what they believe his destiny is. Antonio becomes distracted with questions about his destiny, life and death,and loss of innocence. Ultima guides him through his questions and he becomes filled with even more respect for the lessons she has taught him.
Arturo Lemón - is the leader of a powerful gang located in the rough city of Compton, California. He has committed many crimes in his career, but he has always stayed in areas of Compton that cops can’t go to without being killed. Basically, Arturo is protected so well by his inferiors that it would be a suicide mission for a cop to try to kill him. Arturo has made a lot of money in the organized crime business, but he is greedy so he continues running operations. When his right-hand man Tony messed up a job, even after working for Arturo for 11 years, Arturo decided to kill him to prevent the police from hunting Arturo down since he thought Tony was going to get captured. As the leader of a powerful gang, Arturo pressures people such as
As an individual in a society with conflict everywhere, differing between personal and religious beliefs can often be burdensome. Making sure the best option is chosen is very important for Antonio in this novel due to his family being torn on what he should become. Many people with strong religious beliefs can also claim that they have been torn between choosing what is right for one. Making that decision can be hard for an individual from a strong religion, I do relate to being torn between choosing which is best for me.
Chapter three of Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo begins with Antonio realizing that his innocence is fleeting, especially after having experienced the death of a man the night before. It’s Sunday which means the family will attend mass, but before heading out Antonio’s parents have a brief dispute about their son growing up. Antonio’s mother believes that it’s a sin “for a boy to grow into a man” because they will lose the pureness that was bestowed onto them from birth. Yet, Antonio’s father and Ultima disagree with that notion.
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” (Anaya, p.145). Antonio finally had enough of Ernie’s directed provocation and starts to stand his ground especially in the name of Ultima. Antonio replies about how Ultima is a good person and that Ernie is a liar. Antonio did first feel like feeling from the confrontation however he gained his confidence after remembering his father’s
In this section of the novel, the bitter elements of December arrived. Antonio enrolled into third grade; in Miss. Violet’s class with the rest of his comrades. Just a few months ago, Antonio and Ernie got into a fight over Ultima living in Antonio’s house. Ernie challenged Antonio by stating a crushing insult: Ultima was a bruja and the lynch mob demanded her burned. Therefore, Antonio bravely defended his beliefs; yet, the situation gradually worsened with a brawl forming. As a result, Antonio received notoriety; no one dared to tease him about Ultima following the fight with Ernie. The months succeeding this situation went by fast. Autumn began and ended with nature shifting to scarlet and gold, and the cool breeze dominating the llano.
Linda Sue Park’s book entitled A Long Walk To Water is about two people on different paths that eventually meet. One character named Nya is a girl who walks 12 hours a day to get water for her family. While the other character Salva is a boy who is left in a country surrounded by war. In Salva’s story, his survival became possible through three main factors:his uncle, food and water; the memory of his family.
Suddenly one Friday night, Javier started seeing a bunch of gangsters arriving to the party in which they were at too. They were entering one after another, and began fighting randomly as they walked in. One of the gangsters that had arrived was holding up a gun to Javier and Javier’s cousin panicked that he would be killed. So, Javier’s older cousin runs to the back of his car and takes out a gun and passes it to his friend, he grabbed it and killed the ruthless guy that was going to kill Javier. That same night he got arrested.