Essay on Bless Me, Ultima, By Rudolfo Anaya

851 Words Sep 19th, 2015 4 Pages
One of the greater struggles in modern day life is solving one’s identity crisis. Everyone has had one at one point or another, and everyone, hopefully, has solved it. The idea of an identity crisis can be present in religious, personality, career, and so many other different ways. The book Bless Me, Ultima, written by Rudolfo Anaya, takes place including and following the end of World War II. The book is an excellent display of an identity crisis in a Hispanic community, as two colliding bloodlines become a family, leaving the young son, Antonio, struggling to choose a side, or adapt to the changing times. In Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima, he utilizes a vivid dream to reveal Antonio’s internal struggle to find himself, through magical realism, conflict, and imagery.
Anaya’s usage of magical realism is evident in the way the Antonio’s dream occurs. The dream involves Antonio, talking and at one point, arguing with God. Antonio screams for God to forgive his brother. God responds to Antonio’s plea, a sure sign the dream is magical realism. The dream combines the nontangible, that being God, with our world, being tangible. Antonio pleads to God, “Forgive me, Lord! I have sinned, I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed. My thoughts have trapped me and made me flee from You” (Anaya 173). Anaya uses the literary tool of magical realism to convey Antonio’s struggle and difficulty in finding his identity. He says that his own thoughts had driven him away from God. Anaya…

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