Bless Me, Ultima Essay

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Stephanie Granados
English, Big Lit

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Bless me, Ultima is a novel by Rudolfo Anaya that takes place in a poor farming community in Guadalupe, New Mexico. Antonio, the main character in the book, at such a young age he is witness to death, violence and evil. He is forced to make decisions that will affect his future. As this takes place Antonio is surrounded by various conflicts that in a way help him make his decisions. These conflicts; Good versus Evil, Mother versus Father and various religious conflicts are also the main themes in the novel.
Throughout the novel the theme “Good versus Evil” is portrayed by two characters, Ultima and Tenorio. Ultima, a healer, being essentially good and Tenorio
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Before curing Lucas, Ultima asked his brother if he would accept the responsibility of disturbing fate and he accepted. These kinds of events continue to happen all throughout the story. Tenorio tries to kill Ultima because according to him, she is responsible for his daughter’s deaths. Towards the end of the story he finds out that Ultima’s owl is actually her spirit so he goes after the owl. Antonio tries to warn Ultima but is not able to do anything about it. Ultima’s owl is shot, causing Ultima’s death and so is Tenorio as he tries to shoot Antonio. Before Ultima’s dies, she speaks to Tony’
“’My work was to do good,’ she continued, ‘I was to heal the sick and show them the path of goodness. But I was not to interfere with the destiny of any man. Those who wallow in evil and brujeria cannot understand this. They create a disharmony that in the end reaches out and destroys life—with the passing away of Tenorio and myself the meddling will be done with, harmony will be reconstituted. That is good. Bear him no ill will – I accept my death because I accepted to work for life—‘”
With these last words and events the conflicts and problems come to an end and a resolution. Another theme that deals with Antonio more directly is the conflict between both sides of his family, his mother and his father’s. Antonio’s mother is a Luna, her people are more devoted to the “campos,” the earth, the moon and they are calm and peaceful, while his father

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