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Bless Me Ultima Essay

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Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya Plot Summary: This story follows a short time in the life of Antonio Luna Marez and an old curandera, Ultima, that is staying with his family.Major Conflict and Resolution: There are three major conflicts. The outward conflict is between Ultima and Tenorio. It is resolved when Tenorio kills Ultima's owl, and Ultima dies. The other two are inner conflicts within Antonio: one is whether he is a wandering Marez, or a farming Luna. This isn't really resolved, except that Ultima tells him that he can be both. The other one is whether he should believe in God, or the Golden Carp. Again, this isn't really resolved, but towards the end, Tony start leaning towards the Golden Carp.Theme: A young boy discovering himself.Major Characters: Ultima: Ultima is a curandera. She is very old, and came to live with Antonio's family because she could not live on her own. She has an owl this is sort of like her guardian spirit. She taught Tony about herbs, and was often accused of being a witch.Antonio: Antonio is a six year old boy, who is torn between his mother and his father, whether to be a farmer-priest, or a wandering Marez. He learns witnesses four deaths (Narciso, Lupito, Ultima, and Florence), and begins to question God towards the end of the book.Antonio's Mother (Luna): Antonio's mother never liked the people on the Ilano, and has always wanted a settled life. She lost her three oldest sons to the Marez blood, and wants her youngest boy to be a Luna, and a farmer priest. She's very steeped in custom, and always addresses Ultima formally.Antonio's Father (Marez): Antonio's father misses the Ilano. He is a wanderer, and dreams of moving to California with his three oldest boys helping him. However, his dreams are shattered when his own Marez blood causes the boys to wander away from him in search of adventure.Andrew: Andrew is the youngest of Antonio's three older brothers. He feels a bit more attached to his father, and stays in the village even when his two brothers leave. He eventually leaves also after Narciso is murdered.Personal Reaction: There was an awful lot of Spanish in this book, which is difficult. I think I might have missed some of the meaning in the book simply because I know little to no Spanish whatsoever. I liked the style that this story was told in, and even the main portions of it. However, I thought that he could have stopped the story before he did, and started it later.Personal Observations on Characters/Scenes: I didn't understand what the point of the Christmas Play scene was. it was fairly ridiculous, and I didn't really think that it was necessary. I really liked the characters of Antonio, Cico and Florence, but wasn't really fond of the rest of his friends. They didn't really...

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