The night before Ultima arrives, Antonio dreams about the night of his birth, hearing again the loud, angry arguing between his mother's brothers and his father's relatives. His mother's people revere the earth; they are rooted to it and depend on its crops.
Antonio is preoccupied with and anxious about attending school and having to be separated from his mother. Related to these concerns is his engrossment with knowing his destiny. This concern is exacerbated by his mother's desire that he become a priest to a community of farmers, where her family lives.
At the same time, Antonio is concerned about realizing the wandering desire that stems from his paternal lineage. Antonio is nearly at the point of starting religious study for his first holy communion and is becoming concerned with good and evil in the world.
Early in the novel, he witnesses the killing of Lupito, a war veteran, and fears that his father may be punished by God for being with the men who killed Lupito. Antonio is deeply concerned about the fate of Lupito's soul. As the novel develops, Antonio's fears and concerns intensify and become woven together as he struggles to understand the events surrounding his life.
He becomes preoccupied with questions about his destiny, life and death, and good and evil. Ultima conveys an indigenous viewpoint to him that provides guidance when he loses confidence in parental viewpoints and the teachings of the Church.
Ultima tells him the stories and legends of his ancestors, and he comes to understand how the history of his people stirs his blood. Through her, Antonio learns the "old ways" and develops a new relationship with nature.
This relationship opens him to the contemplation of the possibility of other gods. Antonio learns there are powers in the world that differ from those honored by the Catholic faith.
He helps Ultima perform a healing that saves the life of his Uncle Lucas, who had been bewitched by the Trementina sisters. Later, he witnesses another healing performed by Ultima and begins to understand the world differently; he learns to overcome his fears, especially his fear of change.
In the end, Antonio understands himself and the world around him better, and he learns to accept life and the many challenges that it presents.Bless Me, Ultima is a semi-autobiographical novel based on the New Mexican community of Rudolfo Anaya’s childhood.
Anaya used his memory of his town, the Pecos River, Highway 66, the church, the school, and the surrounding villages and ranches as the inspiration for their depiction in his novel. May 09, · Anaya sets up the terms of the end of the novel here. Antonio is part of it, a sort of mediator between Tenorio and Ultima.
Ultima's cure of Lucas meant turning the curse back on the Trementina sisters. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya. Elizabeth Martinez English 9B Ms. Saxon June 15, “Bless Me, Ultima” (IRP#5) Children in many cultures are forced into awkward situations, such as they are expected to make life long decision.
Some children usually boys . Antonio Márez - The precocious protagonist of Bless Me, Ultima, Antonio is six years old at the beginning of the srmvision.como is serious, thoughtful, and prone to moral questioning, and his experiences force him to confront difficult issues that blur the lines between right and wrong.
Bless Me, Ultima, the book that established Anaya as an important writer, is often considered his best srmvision.com novel tells the story of three years in the life of Antonio Marez, a young Mexican. In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, María, Gabriel, and Ultima shape Antonio, creating internal conflict, pressure, independence, and strength.
The conflicting dreams of Gabriel and Maria, along with a crisis of faith, create Antonio’s internal conflict, which Ultima and Gabriel help resolve.