Bless Me, Ultima

by Rudolfo Anaya

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What is the significance of the stolen carrot in Bless Me, Ultima?

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In Bless Me, Ultima, the significance of the carrot that Antonio steals and eats from Narisco's garden is that the carrot is said to have magical properties and symbolizes the forbidden fruit consumed by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, a story to which Antonio himself refers in the text.

Antonio admits that he feels guilty about eating the stolen carrot but says that he found it irresistible. He calls it "the golden carrot," investing it with a weight of symbolism and saying that he "had never eaten anything sweeter or juicier."

When Antonio is forced to perform magic, he finally vomits up the juice of the carrot. This does not seem very magical, but in the context, it may be seen to have the significance of redemption. The forbidden fruit has already been eaten, and the past cannot be undone, but Antonio does something as close as possible to revising the past when he brings up the forbidden carrot.

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