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Bless Me Ultima Analysis

  • Date Submitted: 01/26/2011 09:04 AM
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"I've always used the technique of the cuento. I am an oral storyteller, but now I do it on the printed page. I think if we were very wise we would use that same tradition in video cassettes, in movies, and on radio." Rudolfo Anaya. Through a passion for the Southwest landscape and lifestyle, Rudolfo Anaya integrates a world of magic, religion, and culture in the novel Bless Me Ultima. Unveiling the cultural characteristics throughout the book,   Anaya reveals the suffering caused by Tenorio’s schemes upon each character such as Narciso and Antonio and how each characters moral independence unravels.
The first man to come running to Ultima’s side is Narciso. Through all of the events Tenorios brings, Narciso stands his ground against the evil man but feels the pain of having a friend in danger. When Tenorio’s mob arrives to Tony’s house upon a hill, Narciso is the first to warn the family. Feeling a debt owed to Ultima, Narciso places himself in the hands of danger with no dear standing in between him and darkness. He is morally attentive to Ultima and her powers and also to the powers of the Catholic church, “”I call you fools because you all know the test for a bruja, and yet you did not think to use it. I is simple. Take the holy needles and pin them to the door. Put them in so they are crossed -and in the name of God!” he roared. “You all know that a witch cannot walk through a door so marked by the sign of Christ!”” During his death, when shot by Tenorio, the physical pain does not compare to his spiritual calling to be cleansed by a religious figure. The one to be standing by his side, Antonio, commences the confession, “Confess me-”. Narciso’s devoutness to Ultima leads to his death because of Tenorio’s evil ways but in the end his religion is all he has in his final moments, “Thank you, father, I will sin no more-”
Living up to the expectations of his mother, Antonio is still forming his ideals on the world around him and religion which greatly...

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