Essay on Bless Me Ultima

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Jasmine Tran
Ms. Brzowski
English 2 PDP - Period 1
09.12.2012
Seminar Notes: Bless Me Ultima
1. Bless Me Ultima fits the description of "magical realism" because the story talks a lot about a curandera named Ultima. As we all know, a curandera is a healer. Rudolfo Anaya portrays Ultima as this old lady who has magical and spiritual powers. She seems to bring life to things around her.
"When she came the beauty of the llano unfolded before my eyes, and the gurgling waters of the river sang to the hum of the turning earth. The magical time of childhood stood still, and the pulse of the living earth pressed it mystery into my living blood." (Anaya, 1)
"Your daughter will not lift the curse, and so I must work the magic beyond evil, the
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The owl was her soul!" (Anaya, 255)
"I realized that the owl had been with me throughout the night. It had watched over all that had happened on the bridge. Suddenly the terrible, dark fear that had possessed me was gone." (Anaya, 23)
4. The significance of the story of the Golden Carp to Tony was that it made him question about gods. He knew of one God that he was told to always believe, which is God himself, but now he was told about another God which makes him question his religion and who he should believe in. He felt like he was sinning for having these thoughts. The significance of the story to Cico was that the Golden Carp was his god. He believed in it and prayed to it.
" 'Do you believe the golden carp is a god?' he asked. The commandment of the Lord said, Though shlat have no other gods before me... I could not lie. I knew he would find the lie in my eyes if I did. But maybe there were other gods? Why had the power of God failed to cure my uncle?" (Anaya, 107)
5. Cico trusted Tony with the story of the carp because he said that Tony was a fisherman. Cico said there isn't an exact rule on who to tell the story, it is just the feeling on who they think they can trust. In the process of Tony's spiritual maturity, the carp represents Tony's innocence in a way. He has always known to believe in one god, but now he is questioning this other god and his religion, but it also brought him closer to God.
" 'Because you are a fisherman,'

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