Essay on `` Bless Me Ultima `` By Rudolfo Anaya

1267 Words Jan 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Death always comes full-circle. Everyone will die at some point, and that moment is not predestined. Life is never guaranteed, and it could be taken from a person abruptly. Surprisingly, almost no one lives in constant fear of death, even though it’s presence is always lurking. The effects of death on people are obvious, and can be seen in their emotions. Sometimes people are traumatized after witnessing death, specifically a violent one, as seen in soldiers with post-traumatic-stress disorder. When a child witnesses such harsh deaths, they struggle to avoid living their life in fear. However, in some cases, the deaths of loved ones strengthen and aid in the growth of those affected by them, as seen in Rudolfo Anaya’s novel, Bless Me Ultima. A young boy named Antonio, is plagued with the horrors and trauma of death, yet is able to use these terrible experiences to assist in his maturation. Antonio’s first brush with death, the murder of Lupito, was an extremely brutal and horrific experience for him. Lupito was a paranoid man who recently came home from the war, and then murdered the town sheriff. His actions were likely the direct result of a mental illness and paranoia he felt as a result of the war. However, the fact that ¨the war made [Lupito] crazy¨ (16), was not enough to avoid the retaliation of the townspeople. The men decide Lupito should die to pay for his actions, and Antonio witnessed the event. Antonio saw Lupito shot and “lifted off his feet and hurled…

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