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Bless Me, Ultima

The significance in the title of Rudolfo Anaya's 1972 novel, Bless Me, Ultima, speaks directly to the spiritual growth that the main character, Antonio, undergoes as a result of his relationship...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2019 3:22 am UTC

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Bless Me, Ultima

In Bless Me Ultima,nthe Golden Carp is a pagan deity that Antonio learns about during his crisis of faith. The Golden Carp is symbolically representative of pagan religions that existed in North...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 1:57 am UTC

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Bless Me, Ultima

The central differences between Antonio's parents are outlined in the first chapter, where we are introduced to Antonio and his family. It is clear that his parents stand for two different ways of...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2011 8:18 pm UTC

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In Bless Me, Ultima the Ilano is basically a plain and the Vaquero a cattleman or herder in the traditional Mexican community. The two words are important because they represent the conflict facing...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2015 1:23 pm UTC

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In the fifth chapter, Antonio's mother is speaking to Antonio's Uncle Juan when she says" "Ay Juan...I pray that he will take the vows, that a priest will return to guide the Lunas - " Earlier,...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2013 2:30 pm UTC

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Antonio says that there are two reasons that his parents quarrel. The first is because of their opposing viewpoints on what is important in life. Antonio's father is Marez, a man of the llano....

Latest answer posted August 1, 2008 3:59 pm UTC

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The responsibility to fulfill his parent's expectations that Tony felt before his brother's departure is multiplied when Tony witnesses his father's reaction to the brothers leaving. Already...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013 1:52 pm UTC

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Bless Me, Ultima

In Rudolfo Anaya's novel Bless Me, Ultima, a work fraught with tremendous emotion and violence, the characters Lupito, Narciso, and Florence meet their respective ends in different ways, yet all...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2019 10:24 pm UTC

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Bless Me, Ultima

Antonio struggles with whether he's a Marez, like his father's family, or a Luna, like his mother's family. His father's family are cattlemen, and his father wants him to grow up to be like them....

Latest answer posted December 30, 2019 7:26 pm UTC

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Antonio's vivid dreams in Bless Me, Ultima reveal the conflicts he is experiencing in his young yet dramatic life. The first vivid dream recounted in the novel is about the Virgin of Guadalupe and...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 5:48 pm UTC

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In Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima, water serves as a symbol for several themes and emotions that occur throughout the novel. It is a symbol of life, as the town is surrounded by water. Different...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2019 3:59 pm UTC

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Florence in Bless Me, Ultima is an essential character because he is one of the few in the book who has no faith. Antonio is introduced to the idea of doubt through the experiences he encounters in...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2019 4:08 pm UTC

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When Antonio tells his mother his dreams, she "says they (are) visions from God and she (is) happy, because her own dream (is) that (he) should grow up and become a priest". Because her...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2008 5:35 pm UTC

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"Ay, Grande," Narciso moaned, "I am only thinking of your welfare. One does not talk about the truth to men drunk with whiskey and the smell of a lynching—" In this quote, Narciso warns Ultima...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2018 8:14 pm UTC

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The owl is commonly associated in myth and legend with wisdom. Someone renowned for their wisdom is often referred to as a "wise old owl." Ultima certainly falls into that category; she's a very...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2018 10:42 am UTC

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Even from Antonio's birth, the struggle is apparent over whose footsteps he will follow. In Tony's dreams, these opposing figures haunt his nature and reflect his inner conflict over who he will...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2019 10:31 am UTC

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Tenorio Trementina is a truly sinister character that stands for evil in the novel, as his own name indicates (the name evokes the character of Don Juan Tenorio, a corrupted and devilish seducer in...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2015 6:05 pm UTC

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Antonio and Ultima walk together across the llano and the river banks to gather herbs and roots for Ultima's medicines. She teaches Antonio "that there was a beauty in the time of day and in...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2008 9:33 am UTC

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One of the major internal and external conflicts that Antonio faces throughout the novel is the competing pulls of his two heritages. The Marez heritage of his father calls him to be a wandering...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2011 8:38 pm UTC

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Throughout the novel, water is used as a symbol of purity and innocence. Under the traditional belief systems embodied in the character of Ultima, features of the natural landscape such as rivers,...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019 7:15 am UTC

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When Antonio witnesses the death of Lupito on the bridge, he is horrified and runs home, where he is comforted and cared for by Ultima. That night, Antonio dreams of his brothers and of Lupito's...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019 4:04 pm UTC

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Antonio's mother is a "Luna" and his father is a "Marez". These are family names that also become descriptions of two different backgrounds and ways of life. Antonio's mother's family, the Lunas,...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2013 1:14 pm UTC

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The rather mystical world-view implied by the idea that "the waters are one" relates to Antonio's attraction to the idea of the Golden Carp, which Antonio feels is a pagan idea (as opposed to...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2013 2:28 pm UTC

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Tony's father is none too excited about his youngest son becoming a priest. He would be much happier if Tony would follow in his footsteps, and that of his brothers, and adopt the roaming, nomadic...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2010 3:00 am UTC

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The move lowered my father in the esteem of his compadres, the other vaqueros of the llano who clung tenaciously to their way of life and freedom. These were the people of my father, the vaqueros...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2018 9:03 pm UTC

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For me, the most important quote in this book regarding identity comes in Chapter 22, when Antonio is having a conversation with his father about the conflict he has been facing throughout the...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2011 10:34 am UTC

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This is a very important quote because it relates to Antonio's sighting of the golden carp, and clearly presents the golden carp as another deity. To truly understand this quotation in isolation,...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2011 1:59 am UTC

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Tony's Uncle Lucas is cursed by three witches who are the daughers of Tenorio Trementina, a man who owns a bar in El Puerto. The "witches" were observed by Uncle Lucas in a meeting, and...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2008 10:30 am UTC

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Tony is very fortunate in the book to have multiple and varied educational influences. These influences come from his school, his church, and Ultima. The knowledge he gains from Ultima comes at a...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019 2:39 am UTC

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Cico, Ultima and Narciso are the three characters that can be argued to have the strongest impact on Antonio's views. Cico tells Antonio the story of the Golden Carp and takes Antonio to see it....

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013 1:41 pm UTC

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Antonio characterizes Narciso as “the town drunk” in chapter two of the novel. We see a small part of his character in that chapter when he tries to convince an angry mob not to kill Lupito (a man...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 10:08 pm UTC

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What is unique about Ultima, and about this novel as well, is the power that Rudolph Anaya gives to nature. He does this by empowering Ultima with plants and herbs in her different treatments and...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2016 12:57 am UTC

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Tony comes to realize that 1) he will have to choose a path through life for himself and 2) this path can be made up of various cultural strains. Early in the novel, Tony can only see the...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2013 2:02 pm UTC

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Antonio is still discovering his religious beliefs because he is being pulled in two opposing directions (Catholicism and the magic of Ultima) and trying to reconcile the two. One of Antonio's most...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2015 11:48 pm UTC

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Of course, my edition of this book might be slightly different from yours, but this quote comes on page 179 in Chapter Fifteen, as part of the conversation that Antonio's mother had with Antonio...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011 10:01 pm UTC

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Basically, Lupito, a veteran, is killed because he murdered the town sheriff, who is also Chavez's brother. In the book, Chavez relates to Gabriel, Antonio's father, that his brother had been...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2018 10:18 pm UTC

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These two families are similar in that they have a deep love of family, and a belief and pride in the Latino and Catholic traditions and customs of the American Southwest at that time. They are...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2010 1:39 am UTC

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In chapter two of the novel Bless Me, Ultima, Chavez interrupts normal life at the "Marez y Luna" household. Late Saturday night, after everyone was down for bed in anticipation of Sunday mass,...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2019 7:54 pm UTC

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Let us remind ourselves of what happens in these first three chapters: Ultima is brought to the house, and as Antonio watches Lupito dying, he hears Ultima's owl with him and senses her presence...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2011 3:30 am UTC

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The setting for this novel is extremely important to the story, as it is not just that the rural 1940s American Southwest, its rugged beauty or desert climate that add to the story in ways that...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2011 2:59 am UTC

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It is important to remember that at the end of the novel, Antonio sees that he does not have to choose between different religions and the different heritages of his parents, but he can combine...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011 10:32 pm UTC

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In Bless Me, Ultima, Antonio’s dreams provide a framework for his growth in the story. Antonio’s dreams center on religion and identity, two of the critical issues he navigates in the story. Bless...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019 7:33 pm UTC

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Water in this story is viewed with a reverence befitting its scarcity in the setting. Throughout the book, there is a conflation of water with purity, innocence, and cleansing. Water surrounds the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2017 1:43 pm UTC

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Tony, or Antonio, is a young boy and the protagonist of Bless Me, Ultima. Maria is his mother, and Ultima is Tony's grandmother. The novel covers three years of Antonio's life in New Mexico. During...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2019 10:24 pm UTC

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Ultima means "utimate", "last", or "final" or "end". The name has several different significances in the context of the novel. Associating Ultima with the idea of being "ultimate" underscores the...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2013 1:28 pm UTC

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Every individual must choose his or her own path. This is one theme expressed in the novel. We can see this theme both as Antonio's challenge and as the lesson Ultima tries to emphasize to...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2013 7:58 pm UTC

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The enduring conflict of this book that is present throughout is the way in which Antonio feels pulled between the heritage of his father, who comes from a line of plain-dwellers who roam around on...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2012 2:34 pm UTC

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Tony goes to school in the snow because it is the day of the Nativity play. When the family wakes up to discover that the snow has covered the goat path, Tony’s mother tells them not to go to...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2013 9:37 pm UTC

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You might want to focus on the beginning of chapter six, and the perennial conflict that exists between Antonio's parents. As Antonio gets ready for his first day of school, his father says that...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2011 7:51 pm UTC

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When Tony asks for help in the book, it is usually for help in understanding, and it is Ultima to whom he turns most frequently for enlightenment. After he witnesses the shooting of Lupito, Tony...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2008 2:50 pm UTC

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