D3Nakamua - Nakamua 1 Daichi Nakamua Jutta Schamp English...

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Nakamua 1 Daichi Nakamua Jutta Schamp English June 8th 2011 Bless Me, Ultima as an Educational Novel Bless Me, Ultima is, due to its inclusion of themes related to the moral, psychological and intellectual development of a youthful protagonist, a suitable example of the educational novel. As defined in the Britannica Encyclopedia, an educational novel is a genre that presents a plan of education as set forth for a young person. Antonio continues to indeed experience growth throughout until he reaches a sense of open-ended maturity at the end of the book. This is the general context that justifies the grouping of Bless Me, Ultima within this genre of literature. A closer analysis reveals that the inclusion of themes as the importance of moral independence and the role of culture on the development of identity are central to the evolvement of Antonio's character. Bless Me, Ultima can be thus classified as an educational novel as a result of its exploration of the process of a young person's moral, intellectual, and social initiation into adulthood as a result of interactions and contacts with family, friends, and religion. Bless Me, Ultima is a novel that is concerned with the social-psychological maturation of a Mexican-American, or Chicano, boy from New Mexico during the 1940s. The role of culture on the formation of the character of the protagonist is well drawn from the beginning. Bless Me ,Ultima explores namely the difficulty of reconciling conflicting
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Nakamua 2 cultural traditions. This conflict is illustrated from the start through the relationship of Antonio's parents with their child. His mother desires him namely to become a priest while his father wants him to ride the Ilano, leading to contact with the Christian and Native American cultures (Rodrigues 63-64). These preferences are based on deep rooted cultural beliefs and convictions. Another conflict that highlights this intertwined dynamic in the novel concerns the disagreement within his town between the Spanish and indigenous cultures. There is for instance undeniable tension between the Catholic Church and Ultima's mystical folklore. Antonio is able as a result of these conflicts in his life and community to draw from several experiences and cultural traditions, which contributes to his final maturation. This is how Antonio grows in perspective and learns to look beyond one limited point of view and see things form numerous angles. For instance, unlike the townspeople who simply condemn Narciso for being a drunkard, Antonio comes to recognize the role of war in transforming Narciso into his respective
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