Comparing Yann Martel’s Life Of Pi And Bless Me, Ultima By Rudolfo Anaya

948 words - 4 pages

A mentor is a trusted guide who shows you the way in life. Through the mentors of Pi and Antonio, they help save and point them to the right way in life. In the Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, Ultima shows Tony that good can always overcome evil, no matter how evil it may be. Life of Pi by Yann Martel, shows that Pi can face his fears by the help of a big Bengal tiger in a small boat, and that the littlest things in life can change the course of how your destiny awaits.
Ultima displays the connection she has with Tony as soon as she arrives, by letting him call her Ultima instead of Grande because Ultima believes that Antonio and she have a connection since Antonio was the last child Ultima pulled out of Marias Antonio’s mother womb. After that moment, both Tony and Ultima grow closer and closer. She and Tony spend much time together either getting herbs for medicines or telling stories to each other. When Tony has dreams Ultima teaches him to read between the lines in his dreams and guides him as he tries to figure out his right place in his family, whether to be a Marez or Luna. Wanting to please both his mother and father at the same time. Ultima also teaches Tony the practices of how to dig up a plant correctly, they must tell the plant what they are doing before taking it away from its home. Teaching Tony to show compassion for the things you take for your own use. Ultima shows sympathy through the people she cured, displaying to Tony that her magic is not evil at all. "If my uncle would of come earlier, he would of saved Ultima, but it is better not to think that way. Ultima said to take life’s experiences and build strength from them and not weaknesses.(Anaya 245)” Tony explains everything that Ultima has taught him, the wisdom and kindness he has learned through her and the way Ultima shows Antonio how to push his fears out of himself.
Pi has not only one mentor but many more, which teach him different things to help him survive after the shipwreck. Mamaji, his father, Mr. Kumar the Atheist, and Richard Parker all teach him a variety of things that will help him in the future. The day I came of swimming age, which, to Mother's distress, Mamaji claimed was seven, he brought me down to the beach, spread his arm seaward and said, "This is my gift to you." (Martel 7)” Mamaji is an important character in Pi’s life, because of their relationship, Pi was able to save his own life after the shipwreck. Being able to swim to the lifeboat, without the swimming lessons...

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