Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

1390 Words Feb 3rd, 2018 6 Pages
It all starts when a witch doctor comes to stay with him and his family. The witch doctor, Ultima, has been a part of the community for a long time, in fact, she helped give birth to Antonio. She was responsible for burying his afterbirth. In this culture, the one who buries the afterbirth is said to contain the secret of the childs destiny. This becomes a main part of the book, since the father and mother are always trying to get Ultima to tell them the secret. Antonios mom, a catholic, has always dreamt of him becoming a priest. Throughout the book she always considers Catholicism to be the way to knowledge of good and evil. Gabriel, Antonios dad, wants him to become a cowboy like he is. Antonio is influenced by a multitude of people throughout the book. He spends a lot of time with Ultima, learning about plants, trees and nature in general. One of Antonio’s friends, Samuel, tells him that there is a golden carp in the river that has powers to save the whole world. Antonio is confused because this goes against what his mother always told him through his catholic teachings. Antonio is also influenced by one of his dads friends, Narciso, who is drunk for most of the book. Narciso also tells Antonio about the golden carp. Through a few other influences, Antonio is lead to believe that if the town doesn’t stop sinning, the carp will flood the lands and destroy…
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