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Bless Me Ultima Research Paper

analytical Essay
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Water and Fire
“The magical time of childhood stood still, and the pulse of the living earth pressed its mystery into my living blood” (Anaya 1). The transition from childhood to adolescence is dotted with self discovery, and the experiences that the earth provides shape individuals in this search. In Rudolfo Anaya’s novelBless Me, Ultima,” the protagonist Antonio is faced with the challenge of growing up, and through his key experiences, he finds out a lot about himself. Author Rudolfo Anaya uses dueling allusions from Catholicism and traditional Chicano culture to demonstrate how his novel “Bless Me, Ultima” is an example of a religious bildungsroman.
Over the course of the novel, Anaya places important people, symbols, and moments that define Antonio’s personal religion and show how the novel represents his spiritual growth. At the beginning of Antonio’s life, Ultima has him “choose” the objects that will define his future and he chooses “the pen and paper” (Anaya 54). Since the old Luna priest was a scholar, this key moment represents the beginning of Antonio’s spiritual journey because it shows his initial position: aspiring priest. Antonio assumes the mindset that his family puts on him and believes that he will “hear the confessions” of the people in his town (Anaya 9). These …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how rudolfo anaya's "bless me, ultima" is an example of a religious bildungsroman.
  • Analyzes how anaya places important people, symbols, and moments that define antonio's personal religion and show how the novel represents his spiritual growth.
  • Analyzes how the integration of ultima's curandera beliefs and practices is the tipping point to antonio’s personal exploration.
  • Analyzes how the golden carp marks antonio's religious transition because it introduces a religion that is foreign to him.
  • Analyzes how antonio's questioning of both religions shows how he is developing himself and moving along his religious journey.
  • Analyzes how ultima and the golden carp influence antonio's sense of personal religion. the evil that he witnesses causes him to feel distant from the god that once held so dear.
  • Analyzes how antonio's first communion shaped his spiritual journey because he realized the faults in his catholic religion and lamented over not being able to just "sit and discover him."
  • Analyzes how the cumulative events in antonio's life compel him to assume a position of religious balance.

As he takes communion, he laments over not being able to just “sit and discover Him” like he had done in the presence of the golden carp (Anaya 221). All of the questions that he hoped would be answered by communion are left unheard and only result in silence. “The God [he] so eagerly sought was not there, and the understanding [he] thought to gain was not there” (Anaya 222). From this experience, Antonio has a spiritual change of heart and begins to accept that his “god” can be the Catholic as well as the god that he found in the golden

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