Analysis Of The Novel ' Bless Me, Ultima ' Essay

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Coming of Age: Antonio In the novel, Bless Me, Ultima, the main character Antonio Marez went through many changes. Bless Me, Ultima is a bildungsroman because the development of Antonio Marez unfolds as the book progresses while he searches for his role in the world. Antonio did not change simply because he aged throughout the duration of the novel, but due to experiences he encountered that influenced his changes. His experiences made him question his beliefs, morals, and what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. All of these questions may sound familiar because these are the types of questions that we all ask each other as we grow up and encounter our own new experiences. Five experiences that had a significant influence on Antonio were the death of Narciso, working on his uncles’ farm for the summer, his first communion, watching Ultima save the Tellez household, and his dad opening up to him. First off, an experience that had a significant influence on Antonio was the death of Narciso. The death of Narciso made many questions about good and evil pop into Antonio’s head because Narciso was such a nice guy that it didn’t seem fair that he should have his life taken away. The thing that further confused Antonio about Narciso’s death is that the evil Tenorio, the man who shot and killed Narciso, was still alive and living his life seemingly unpunished for his evil deeds. In the novel Antonio’s mother shoves religion down Antonio’s throat which make this experience…

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