Bless Me, Ultima - Religion

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Bless Me, Ultima

Antonio questions his faith numerous times throughout the novel. In the beginning he believes that there is only one God; however, through pagan gods and Ultima, Tony questions his faith and the underlying question of why there is evil in the world? No one knows the answer, but is a good thing to ponder. With our presentation, we came to conclusions on how religion and its aspects affect the novel as a whole and Tony as a character.

Russell, Kalei

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:16:31 AM Eastern Standard Time

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•“Christ will come to judge the living and the dead.” (19.20)
•“My mother was a devout Catholic, and so she saw the salvation of the soul rooted in the Holy …show more content…

And the sparrow can only hold one little grain of sand in its beak. It has to pick up only one grain of sand, fly all the way across the wide ocean, put down the grain of sand, then fly all the way back for another grain of sand. It takes the little bird weeks just to fly across the ocean, and each time it carries only one grain of sand--... when the little bird has moved that mountain of sand across the ocean, that is only the first day of eternity!” (202)

Russell, Kalei

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 8:16:31 AM Eastern Standard Time

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Catholic Figures
The Virgin of Guadalupe
The Virgin represents forgiveness and compassion. Tony turns to the Virgin when he does not understand why bad things occur.
•“But He was a giant man and she was a woman. she could go to Him and ask Him to forgive you.
Her voice was sweet and gentle and with the help of her Son they could persuade the powerful Father to change His mind.”
God represents a more fear-inducing figure compared to the Virgin of Guadalupe. God is mentioned frequently in the novel, and when mentioned, Antonio questions the reality situations.

•“I want to know. I want to know the mysteries of God. I want to take
God into my body and have Him answer my questions. Why was
Narciso killed? Why does evil go unpunished? Why does He allow evil to exist? I wondered the knowledge I sought would destroy me.
But it couldn’t, it was God’s knowledge-” “Did we ask too much when we asked

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