`` Bless Me Ultima `` : How Religious And Natural Symbolism Ties Into The Unraveling Of Characters
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Topic: How religious and natural symbolism ties into the unravelling of characters in the novel.
The thoughts we think, ways we speak, express ourselves, voices heard, and means of imagination define our identity but can branch out as they are grown from the influences and nourishment of others. The social roles of each character in the novel Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya propel Tony so he doesn’t need to feel suffocated by choices, but embrace them as elements to life that lead to growth. Death and rebirth being a prevalent theme in the novel that can symbolize more than what is depicted in just the story of Antonio. The concept of rebirth exists not only within certain events but also in the unraveling of each character.
Florence is introduced as an experienced youth. A character undeterred by the notion of eternity or the cultivation of religion. With outstretched arms he is a parallel to the crucifixion of Jesus. His affinity for questioning makes him a rebellious unafraid personality that yet is still likeable. However, because of this and his search for meaning Florence is an outsider; for not believing in god he is judged, the blows of life he has unfortunately experienced leave him without motivations. Eventually his own uncertainty foreshadows his downfall. Their friendship further catalyzes Tony’s religious ambivalence. The way that Florence asks questions about god confuse him as Tony questions the same aspects. The idea of redemption in the next life