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Rudolfo A. Anaya

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Narrator, Chapter 11 he power of God had failedwhere Ultima’s worked. Sources: Medicine Women, Curanderas, and Women Doctors by Bobette Perrone, Victoria Krueger, and H. Henrietta Stockel, National Endowment for the Arts, Rudolfo A. Anaya: A Critical Companion by Margarite Fernández Olmos, Somos en escrito, Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Virgin of Guadalupe Symbolizes Christian mercy and forgiveness The Golden Carp Represents a compassionate and forgiving God Ultima’s Owl SymbolizesUltima’s spirit and her protective nature Symbols Tenorio Trementina Violent, vengeful drunk whose daughters are evil witches; blames Ultima and vows to kill her when one of his daughters dies Ultima Wise healer attuned to the earth and adept in the supernatural; uses her spiritual power to help others and to destroy evil Antonio Márez Young boy who seeks his identity in God or in the supernatural, in farming or in freedom; longs to understand good and evil in the world Main Characters Anaya, a Mexican American who grew up in New Mexico, loved writing from an early age. He drew on his experience living through World War II near a river and the plains to write Bless Me, Ultima. Referring to his pieces of writing as his children, Anaya values the creative energy involved in creation of all of his novels, poetry, short stories, and children’s books. RUDOLFO ANAYABORN 1937 Author Antonio is caught between his mother’s and father’s different cultures. Tradition, Culture & Identity Church teachings contrast to the realities of myth, magic, and the supernatural. Christianity & the Supernatural Antonio searches for spiritual knowledge to help him make sense of the world. Knowledge & Spirituality As Antonio, a young Chicano boy, tries to find his way in a complex world, he learns to reconcile witchcraft and magic with the unforgiving God of the Catholic Church. Asking the big life questions is hard and lonely work. Fortunately he has a spirit—and her owl—to guide him. Growing Up with Faith & Magic THEMES English Original Language 1972 Year Published Rudolfo Anaya Author Bless Me, Ultima Drama Novel

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