Theme Of Identity In Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima

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Identity in Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima Gene Luen Yang, a prominent Chinese cartoonist, said, “Religion and culture are two important ways in which we as humans find our identity.” The qualities, beliefs, and culture that make a particular person different define one’s identity. To further develop the main character, Rudolfo Anaya touches on the subject of finding one’s identity many times in the novel Bless Me, Ultima. Antonio, the six-year-old focus of this coming of age novel, perfectly elucidates the difficulty of finding one’s identity. The author expertly utilizes juxtaposition in order to place Antonio’s internal conflict center stage. In the novel Bless Me, Ultima, author Rudolfo Anaya uses direct contrast to augment the focus on Antonio’s search for identity among competing forces. Arguably the most compelling influence to a child’s identity comes from their family. Specifically, the palpable animosity between the Luna and Marez families creates a cloud of ambiguity in relation to Antonio’s identity. Because of the protracted dispute between both families, Antonio does not have the ability to determine his own future. Rather, his family decides it for him. His mother, desperately desires Antonio to be a man of learning and a priest, while Antonio’s father prefers him to wander the llano as a free man. As he ponders his future, Antonio thinks, “A priest, I thought, that was her dream,” (Anaya 9). This discrepancy between both sides causes much confusion for the

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