With the Hooting of the Owl Essay

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“In the dark mist of my dreams I saw my brothers. The three dark figures silently beckoned me to follow them. They led me over the goat path, across the bridge, to the house of the sinful women. We walked across the well-worn path in silence. The door to Rosie’s house opened and…” (Anaya 70) This excerpt from the novel Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya, is one of the numerous dreams the protagonist Antonio Márez experiences. The story is set during World War II in Guadalupe, Mexico, a town rich with Mexican culture and overflowing with legends. Antonio attempts to discover his religion and family roots as he struggles to cope with school. When he witnesses four tragic deaths, Anaya vividly depicts the shattering of his innocence. Even…show more content…
As a young six-year-old boy, Antonio feels burdened by the expectations of what his future will entail and fears he will be lost like his brothers. In his dream, his wavering thoughts of entering the building reflect his internal conflict in staying pure against sinful temptations. For instance, he starts imagining the scandalous women inside the building until he yells to himself, “No…I cannot enter [Rosie’s house], I cannot think these thoughts. I am to be a priest” (70). Even though he feels that his “innocence is forever,” the illicit images of the young girls at Rosie’s flashing through his mind illustrate the deep-rooted confusion he is facing (71). What is even more shocking is when he later sees Andrew, one of his brothers, at the brothel exactly as his dream had foretold. Antonio’s reaction to seeing his brother at Rosie’s is both a combination of insight and horror. “I felt…free, as if the wind had picked me up and carried me away… the realization of the truth discovered swept over me” (164). After wondering for months why his brother didn’t have a girlfriend, he finally understands the reason why. Along with the fruit of knowledge, however, Antonio comes to a greater understanding of his brother’s corruption. The foreshadowing from the dream of Rosie’s is an effective literary device Anaya uses to open Antonio’s eyes to the tainted ways of his brothers. Even though Antonio views
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