Summary : ' Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya Essay

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The practice of witchcraft throughout history has had an everlasting impact on how witches are portrayed in our modernistic era. In the novel, Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya depicts the development of Ultima, an old curandera, to symbolize a recurrent theme of how being different is looked down upon. Although being accused of witchcraft has had a negative connotation all throughout history, there is a fine line between using witchcraft for good rather than evil.
Witchcraft can have two connotations in regards to Bless Me, Ultima, seeing as there are those individuals who support Ultima’s supernatural powers, and those who are against her powerful phenomenon. Although constantly called a bruja, Ultima uses her “powers” for purposes focused towards good, rather than evil. In Chapter 10, Ultima is summoned by Pedro Luna to help him heal Lucas, as even the priest of El Puerto has failed to cure him. María then states, “I have seen her work miracles. She learned from the greatest healer of all time, the flying man from Las Pasturas—“ (Anaya 89) heightening this support system Ultima has created for those who are close to her and believe in her. Interestingly enough, after explaining the story of the curse, this idea is introverted that Ultima is actually repelling witchcraft, as Lucas grew deathly ill due to trying to stop the satanic rituals of Tenorio’s daughters. Pedro later recounts on Lucas’ experiences by exclaiming, “He dismounted and crept up to a clearing

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