Paper 3 - Bo Yi Yao Prof Jutta Schamp ENG2 Initiation in Bless Me Ultima An educational story about growing up Bless Me Ultima by Rudolto Anaya is

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Bo Yi Yao Prof. Jutta Schamp ENG2 Initiation in Bless Me Ultima: An educational story about growing up Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolto Anaya is a story about the process of initiation through the main character Antonio. In the story, Antonio’s growing up does not come easily. He faces religious choices from his parents and future expectation from his loving mother. By meeting with Ultima, his life changes into a different way. Antonio's growth and development could be considered as a sense of education for young teenagers. Therefore, Bless Me Ultima could be perceived as an educational novel. The main character Antonio in the novel is seven year old, who is similar to most kids. Throughout the story, children will understand the process of growing up through Antonio’s initiation. Antonio's initiation starts with his personal conflict about religion choice between his parents. This conflict starts to be solved after meeting Ultima. By facing death and entering into school, his self-development goes on as he starts questioning about his religion as not all questions can be answered by God. Later on when Ultima saved his uncle, his wonder about God brings him further consideration as he wonders the power of God and the secret of black magic. Ultima's idea about 'everything is interconnected as one' keeps influencing him in the whole story .Ultima's death brings the story into climax, Antonio finally understand Ultima's idea. Bless Me, Ultima focuses on the development of a New Mexican boy, Antonio. In the novel, Antonio is constantly searching for his own identity in order to understand the
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world around him. Meanwhile, he tries to find a balance between opposite expectations from his parents. The coming of the curandera Ultima becomes the changing point for Antonio as a starting stage for his initiation. At the beginning of the story, Anaya introduces Antonio’s parents, Marie Luna who represents typical catholic woman and wishes Antonio to be a priest. In contrast with Marie, Antonio’s father Gabriel Márez represents the vaquero of Ilano. Their different background potentially influences Antonio, which is shown in Antonio’s first dream. The dialogue “This one will be a Luna, the old man said, he will be a farmer and keep our customs and traditions” (Anaya, 6) contrasts with “Gabriel, they shouted, you have a fine son. He will make a fine vaquero!”(Anaya, 6)Two different perspectives about Antonio’s
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This note was uploaded on 06/10/2011 for the course ENGLISH 1 taught by Professor Meyer during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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