Anaya 's Bless Me, Ultima, By Rudolfo Anaya Essay

1481 Words Sep 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Death intensifies the essence of the spirit, shattering the partition between the realm of the living and the dead, making the spirit palpable. Death, often labeled as the “darkest hour”, is capable of streaming a pathway of light for the living. This inevitable occasion, which may be final in a physical sense, does not equate to the end of the presence of a life form. Individuals leave behind traces of memories in their passing but more often than not, they leave questions. Death, having many religious ties, is a mystery all in itself. Due to this, an individual may find themselves in a position of immense ambivalence. This is indubitably the case for the protagonist Antonio in Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima, in which Antonio struggles with coming to terms with his many questions relating to life and its stage of death, leaving him in a state of religious ambivalence. Antonio 's ambivalence, largely stemming from the deaths of three of the novel’s characters, places him in utter inner turmoil as he attempts to reconcile with the sacrificial nature of their deaths. In his relentless search for answers, Antonio is set at the forefront of a realm in which the only true answers reside in those already gone. Death is the beginning of the end, giving wings to the spirit and rest to the physical state. Lupito’s body was void of life, but his spirit was left to wander in the thoughts of Antonio, changing him forever. Antonio, a witness to the death of…

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