God Me, Ultima, By Rudolfo Anaya 's Bless Me

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Mythology in Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya 's Bless Me, Ultima, is a novel concerned with the nature of individual and cultural identity. Commentators on the book argue that one of its most significant aspects is its ability to communicate a uniquely Chicano experience at a formative point in world history. The role of myth is key to the production of this voice. Not only do myths play a major role within the action of the novel itself, but they also contribute significantly to the uniqueness of the Chicano voice as it is developed in the book. In this sense, myth is integral to both the action and the texture of the novel as a whole. Most importantly, it is the myth which enables the protagonist, Antonio, to both reconcile his past and to move forward with his voice. Myth functions within the novel as a way of breaking with the past, but also as a way of preserving it. It is possible to demonstrate this by paying attention to the myth of the golden carp as it functions as both a plot element and as a thematic concern within Anaya 's novel. The central myth within Bless Me Ultima involves the golden carp, which Antonio is informed was once a god who sacrificed itself to protect the indigenous people who had themselves been transformed into carp by gods angry at their behavior during a famine. While this myth may appear to be a point of distinction between the novel and other literary traditions, according to Theresa Kanoza it also functions to tie the book to other

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