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Unformatted text preview: Lloyd 1 S. Lloyd Professor Fernandez IGE 120H Fall, 2008 Writing Assignment 2 “Bless Me, Ultima” There are two passages from Rudolfo Anaya’s “Bless Me, Ultima” that I was especially drawn to. The first occurred in Antonio’s dream sequence: I could the old woman in black who tended the just-arrived, steaming baby. She nimbly tied a knot on the cord that had connected the baby to its mother’s blood, then quickly she bent and with her teeth she bit off the loose end. She wrapped the squirming baby and laid it at the mother’s side, then she returned to cleaning the bed. (5) Wow, what a stunning visual! It is very difficult for me to ignore such imagery. Personally, I must admit that I need something like this to capture my attention very early in a written work; otherwise I tend to get bored and just start scanning for dialogue. This passage succeeded in sparking my interest in Anaya’s coming-of-age novel. Plus, it introduced blood in what some could argue foreshadows the use of blood in the priest’s defiling of the alter with the pigeon’s...
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- Spring '09
- Bless Me, Ultima, Salt Lake City, Rudolfo Anaya, Professor Fernandez IGE, classic coming-of-age plot, little personal history