Analysis Of Rudolfo Anaya 's Bless Me Ultima

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Alyssa Kryzelle Reyes
Mr. Amoroso
AP Literature 1st
25 September 2017
As human beings, we are students of life, and death is one of the hard lessons that we will encounter. Our faith is not a fixed concept, ist is affected by a convergence of factors and events in our life. Faith is complex and differs from one person to another, but one thing is for certain, it affects how we look at life and how we approach life. Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima divulges into the life of six year old Antonio as he transitions from a young boy to a man and becomes cognizant of life’s tragedies. His inquisitive nature that persists to understand himself and his world bears an internal struggle that leaves a rift of
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He still goes back to the idea of his preordained future in priesthood, as destined by his mother. As a child first witnessing the horrors of life, his mind instinctively goes to his mother. As if seeking validation, if he were to fulfill his mother’s hopes in becoming a priest, he would be gratified and he would be innocent again. This brings about an obvious turmoil within him and his perceived responsibilities within priesthood. Anaya also uses symbolism to show the stark contrast between blood and the river. The idea that Lupito’s blood was spilled as a result of his sinful actions is now tainting and defiling the purity and sanctity of water could be paralleled to Antonio’s innocence defiled and diluted by the horrors he had just witnessed. Arguably, Lupito’s death is an unjustified persecution of an ill man. His actions—actions that he was not completely conscious of—stemmed from the horrors of war which brings about the question of justice. Why would God let this man—a man not fully conscious of his actions—be held responsible, punished, and persecuted when he had done nothing wrong?
The second death that Antonio witnessed furthered his negotiation with faith and caused him to question God’s fairness. During his life, Narciso was vilified and alienated despite his benevolence. Tenorio’s killing of Narciso is an example of an archetypal Good versus Evil situation. Tenorio, the nefarious manifestation of evil, condemned Narciso, a

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