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The 1972 novel, Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya is prized for its realistic portrayal of the Chicano experience. As its main themes are religion, family, and the liminal Chicano experience with regards to Mexican and United States culture, an good special event to select is one in which all these themes are involved. The novel describes Tony's gradual loss of innocence as he progressively gets involved in various conflicts and forms of violence, primarily as observer or victim. The most important event in this loss of innocence is the moment when the owl that is Ultima's spirit is shot by a vengeful Temorio, as that is the moment Tony describes as shattering his childhood into a thousand fragments.
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