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. Introduction Paragraph 2 Overview and Background: Cultural conflicts can tear a family apart and damage them internally, mainly occurring when different cultural values and beliefs clash.
This is especially reveal in the novel Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. Ultima acts as an exceptional role model to Antonio from start to finish. Ultima is symbolic of inner strength which is developed through her actions and reveals the power of positive role models. Through acting as a positive role model to Tony, Ultima symbolizes the inner-strength by producing results that lead to the exposure of power. Throughout the entirety of the novel Ultima focuses on guiding Antonio into a great man who is brave and compassionate whilst doing so herself.
Focusing on what the future and having helpful guidance could help encourage the pathway to adulthood and finding your way in life. In Rudolfo Anaya’s, Bless Me Ultima, Antonio must face obstacles in his life to realize that he is growing up into a bright and independent individual from a chicano environment.
She knows how to get stuff done by motivating herself to help herself become better and just go further. She wants to push herself, and get done and do what she has to do to make sure she doesnt break that promise. In the text, we see that Anita makes that promise to her father and goes and chases her freedom for the better. She does this by going through her obstacles, and just being generous, and living for her father like he wants, and goes and chases her dreams. This relates back to the idea of how Anitta is very persevering and never gives up.
Therefore the reader does not get to know of Antonia’s thoughts and Jim does not tell what he thinks Antonia learnt. Jim begins the story with a fairly naïve perception of immigrants. This is influenced by observing the hardship faced by Antonia’s family. He tells her, “People who do not like this country ought to stay home… we do not make them come here.” However Jim learns a lot in the narrative and by the end of the novel he come to appreciate the will and the spirit that makes immigrants like Antonia succeed. ‘The girls I knew were always helping to pay for ploughs and reapers, brood sows or steers to fatten.” Jim explains.
Being Born into a Family with Two Different Backgrounds: A Conflict in Bless Me Ultima About Tony Being Influenced By Two Opposite Ways of Life In all conflicts there are always two sides which think they are superior to the condescending opponent. Sometimes in the conflicts they are facing, a force which is intertwined with both sides will have to choose a side in order to declare which side is superior. There are times when the deciding force is confused and not sure which side is actually better, so it must take time to finalize its decision. This deciding force in Bless Me, Ultima is Tony, who is puzzled about whether he should follow the path of a Luna or a Marez. A Luna is someone who is calm and quiet like a farmer or a priest.
She is portrayed as the savior of the town, because there is no evil that can match up to the goodness in her. “For us Ultima personified goodness, and any risk in defense of goodness was right. She was the only person I had ever seen defeat evil where all else had failed.” Antonio starts to see the magic of Ultima, and starts to question whether Ultima’s magic is stronger that the power of the priest and of God. He seeks a feminine figure to answer his questions on
Yes. I learned to fish with my brothers when I was very little. Then they went to war and I couldn’t fish anymore. Then Ultima came—I paused.” (Anaya) On page 78, both Antonio and Samuel start a conversation between each other, but during the process, both of them start to share a common interest, and share a bit of a background. Thus, Samuel has some relation with Antonio so it gives Samuel a purpose or importance in Bless Me, Ultima for being another great friend towards Antonio.
She is dedicated to her family and improving their life. She is trusting and fiercely loyal to her family and friends. She is very determined to reach all of her goals in life. Antonia rules the household with a gentle, loving hand, and loves her life on the country and is dedicated to the
It is very well defined int his quote, ("Sometimes I rode north...to watch the brown earth-owls fly home...Antonia Shimerda liked to go with me, and we used to wonder a great deal about these birds of subterranean habit."). This quote, also, shows that a particular creature of a habitat can easily get Antonia interested and amused by this particular creature. Yet another quote can be found in this story, which explains Antonia's eagerness to learn something new. It is the, ("...Antonia loved to help grandmother in the kitchen and to learn about cooking and housekeeping."). This explains how Antonia is eager and willing to acquire better knowledge of how to do the household duties.