Ultima is a Curandera in "Bless Me, Ultima" by Rudolfo Anaya Essay

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In the novel Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, one of the main characters, Ultima is accused many times of being a witch. Ultima is a curandera who uses herbs and medicines to cure people. She goes to live with Antonio Marez, a young boy who lives in the llano with his parents and two sisters due to the fact that she cannot live by herself and had nowhere to stay. Although many people think she is a witch, her use of herbs, medicines, and scapulars show that she is merely just a curandera. With her use of chants and having her spirit in her owl, many are led to believe that she is really a witch. Ultima goes to stay with Antonio Marez, a young boy who lives in the llano with his parents, two sister, and three brothers. This is because…show more content…
The curse was most likely placed on him by the Trementina sisters, three witches who are sisters, because Lucas observed them performing some sort of mass that witches have. First, she makes remedies and makes him drink them. Afterwards, after resting, Lucas starts coughing and he coughs out vomit and a big ball of hair. This was his hair with which they had worked the evil. Ultima cured Lucas using only natural herbs and medicines. She did not perform any witchcraft. She also did this with the help of Antonio as well. Many people in the town love Ultima. They praise her and can’t thank her enough when she cures one of their loved ones. While many love and praise her, a select few in the town believe that Ultima is a witch and of ten accuse Ultima of it. One of these is Tenorio Trementina, the father of the three Trementina sisters who put a curse on Lucas, Antonio’s uncle. Even Antonio, who loves Ultima very much, once doubted if Ultima was really a witch or just a curandera. Some of Antonio’s classmates have also called Ultima a witch. Tenorio often besieges Ultima. Despite all this, Ultima is still very strong and remains strong until the day of her death. Ultima is also very brave strong. She is not threatened when Tenorio threatens to kill Ultima or when people make the sign of the cross to see if she really is a witch. To conclude, Ultima is accused by some of being a witch because her use of chants and having her spirit in

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