When growing up, one can second guess their beliefs and who they are. This usually happens when people are introduced to other ideas. This helps them create their own identity, and solidify who they are and their beliefs. This can lead to even more opinions in societies with more cultural syncretism which leads to clashing between religious and cultural ideals. In the novel “Bless me, Ultima”, Rudolfo Anaya uses the cultural and religious syncretism in the society of New Mexico to display juxtaposition between the Luna and Márez, as well as Catholicism and the Golden Carp, to help Antonio solidify and change his beliefs, displaying the consequences and results of cultural syncretism.
Is there one real god? Are all gods ideally perfect? The main character Antonio in Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima is torn between which god he must choose. On one hand there is the Virgin, a forgiving god, or God, a wrathful and critical god. In Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima he uses juxtaposition to reveal the differences between God and the Virgin to show the two halves of Antonio’s personality thus revealing that in life people need to be critical and caring towards others.
One of the most important qualities within a story is whether or not the narrator is reliable. In most cases, the reader never takes this “narrator” into question as it is some omniscient being who is easily forgotten. The cases, in which the narrator comes into play in the reader’s mind, are typically when the narrator is of homodiegetic narration. This is a common device in more narrative texts and can even be used as a tool to make the reader feel a more personal touch to the story. If this trust between the narrator and the reader is breached the whole story it can take a different look towards the reader. This would make the narrator become an unreliable narrator, which in turn can add to so much more analytical fun.
Imagine one day you meet the most talented hypnotist in the world. This hypnotist tells you he can change your memories without even breaking a sweat. Maybe this sounds like magic or just plain nonsense to you but in reality it isn’t that difficult to tamper with memories. Any time you hear a different telling of an event, even one you witnessed first-hand, your perception of the event changes over and over becoming a conglomeration of everything you’ve heard about the aforementioned event. Memoirs and other pieces of literature written from memory suffer from these easily modified memories and can’t always be trusted to be true.
Antonio was intimidated by English at school because he came from a Spanish speaking family. Spanish was all that he knew and to him that was normal but to the other kids and teachers at school it was weird and abnormal. There are many examples of dichotomy in the book. For example the vaquero’s and the farmers had different lifestyles and there was constant fighting. With Antonio’s dad being a vaquero and his mom being a farmer, he grew up listening to the constant bickering about who was better and how they should raise their kids. Another example is God vs the golden carp. Antonio was raised as a catholic by a very religious mother. Antonio always believed in God and always had a respect for him but one day he introduced to The Golden Carp. The Golden Carp was the lord of the waters and when Antonio was given the opportunity to witness his beauty, he fell in love. Since then he was always confused about whether or not there was actually a
Writing allows people to communicate and reflect on their thoughts. To write out one’s ideas allows the writer to reflect upon and reinterpret their interpretations. To feel a feeling, to think a thought is only surface level - to really explore the thought or feeling one must write it down and look at it objectively - not as their own as an idea removed. It is like evaluating someone else’s answer to a question. The removal from one’s self allows a writer to be more free. To remove context gives space in between the writer and the writing, which allows the writer to be more honest, or to take on a different perspective. While writing gives a person the opportunity to hone their ideas in a communicable way, it also lets them
It is unlikely that social consequences of false memories can be avoided. Elizabeth Loftus was intrigued to study false memories, and is perhaps personally responsible for subsequent developments throughout the history of false memories. Some of this history addresses various theories aimed at isolating how or why false memories occur. These include Source Monitoring Framework, Activation Monitoring Theory, Fuzzy Trace Theory, and strategies for persuasion which can lead to the development of false memory. Such persuasion leads to the present discussion concerning how persuasion in the judicial system has created false confessions and wrongful eyewitness testimonies, due to the Misinformation Effect. Additionally, Recovered Memory Therapy psychotherapy, a method used to reclaim lost memories, reveals itself as problematic where false memories are concerned.
As a literary genre, Magical Realism stands with its own methodology. Not adhering to a set of certain rules, realities appear distorted, demonstrating that this style of literature strays from conventional standards of writing. With this, reality conforms to a degree wherein characters behave naturally amidst their environment, despite exposure to the seemingly surreal. Within the genre of Magical Realism, one finds that a variety of elements constitute it, each warping the text in a way of its own. By exploiting this aspect of Magical Realism, authors communicate a broader message than what is written in the text.
Innocence. This is something that many people tend to lose over time. In the book “Bless Me Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya, the main character, Antonio Marez y Luna, is said to have lost his innocence as he grows up. I have recreated the scene where Antonio is believed to first lose part of his innocence in a form of visual art. The art is based on my interpretation of the scene.
When you are young you are taught what is generally right or wrong. You are not given a chance to choose what you believe in since you are only a baby, and can not fully comprehend the concept of things such as religion. Once you are old enough you are exposed to the variety of cultures that may fascinate you, and will help influence how you think. The majority of individuals tend to follow their own beliefs when they are well into their adult life, since they were taught to believe what their parents believed in. 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.
Psychoanalytic criticism adopts the methods of "reading" employed by Freud and later theorists to interpret texts or writings. It argues that literary texts, like dreams, express the secret unconscious desires and anxieties of the author, that a literary work is a expression of the author 's own instability. One may psychoanalyze
A belief is something one has trust, passion, faith or confidence in. Let me ask you, are your beliefs similar to your parents? If so, then you are like the vast majority of people. Although, as children tend to grow up and mature they develop their own independence, their parents influence on them as young toddlers have stuck with them. Therefore families tend to have the same ideas and morals. In “Bless me Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya, Antonio, a young boy is torn between his fate to be like his mother of the land or her nomadic father of the Llano. When Ultima-the curandera of the land- arrives, tension raises between the surrounding people. As the book progresses, Antonio faces issues where he learns his own moral ideas from. Antonio is becoming
Dashboard cameras have become an antiquated tool for police officers. According to the Los Angeles Times, “Critics claim that watching the video will alter the officer's memory of the incident. But this isn't necessarily a bad thing”. The human memory of complex and highly charged events is invariably incomplete. Police officers cannot be expected to encode and retain every one of the countless details that make up a use-of-force incident” (Simon). This will provide officers help to get the facts needed for the case. Therefore, there will be more hard evidence that can also be used in court. In addition, “Human memory is also susceptible to a
“I yearned for my mother, and at the same time I understood that she had sent me to this place where I was an outcast…[t]he pain and sadness seemed to spread to my soul, and I felt for the first time what the grown-ups call, la tristesa de la vida.” La tristesa de la vida, is also known as the sadness of life or loneliness. Antonio Marez, a little boy living on the plains of the Ilano, and Crooks, an African American slave in the fields of California experience loneliness and isolation. In Anaya's Bless me Ultima and Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Antonio and Crooks are isolated by both their society and their internal struggles to have a sense of belonging.
Many people have known about psychology because of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung (Blundell, 2014). In spite of the fact that they have various theories, they have so many contributions to understand the struggle of human mind. Their theories and thoughts have not always differed from each other (Blundell, 2014). Once, they were friends and colleagues. They investigated the unconscious psyche. Jung felt like he could let down his defense mechanism to Freud because he did not just see Freud as a mentor, but also as a father figure (Blundell, 2014). After a while, their thoughts began to go different directions. As a result of this separation, their friendship did not last forever, in fact it turned into an enmity in 1913. They have conflicts about sexuality. Freud stated that sexuality was everything (Blundell, 2014). On the other hand, Jung exuded that sex can influence the one’s behaviors, however the one’s behaviors’ only reason cannot be explained with just sex.