What kind of person is Narciso in chapter 14 of "Bless Me, Ultima"?

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Jessica Akcinar eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In chapter 14 of “Bless Me, Ultima,” Antonio comes upon Narciso and Tenrorio fighting in the snow outside the saloon. Tenorio stumbles away and vows to kill Untima because he blames her for the sickness of his second daughter. He leaves towards the direction of Tony’s house where Ultima resides. Narciso sets off to warn Andrew of the ominous threat, but Tony’s brother refuses to take him seriously and does nothing to protect Ultima and his family. Narciso decides to follow Tenorio through the blizzard in order to protect Ultima from his revenge.  Narciso is then shot and killed by Tenorio when he confronts Ultima’s enemy. He confesses his sins to Tony just before he dies.

Narciso’s actions show that he was selfless, loyal, and brave. He lost his life to protect the lives of others when, in all actuality, it wasn't his responsibility to do so. Andrew neglected his responsibility, and through his neglect, Narciso proved himself to be the better man. He redeemed himself of his reputation of worthless town drunk, and demonstrated nothing but heroism and concern for the welfare of others.