Bless Me, Ultima By Rudulfo Anaya Essay

1616 Words Oct 31st, 2014 7 Pages
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudulfo Anaya Rudulfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima is about a young protagonist, Antonio and his coming-of-age. The story is also about Ultima, a curandera, who helps Antonio mature by guiding, mentoring and protecting him. The novel succeeds in reflecting Chicano culture of the 1940s in the rural parts of New Mexico, “Guadalupe”. Anaya uses myths, cultural motifs s and curandera customs like the gathering and use of medicinal herbs to show the readers how indigenous cultural traditions can influence people. Bless Me, Ultima is about the spiritual transformation of a young boy confused by the societal and cultural changes that took place during World War II. The novel succeeds in making people sensitive towards people of traditional culture and societies who find that their beliefs are undermined by the prejudices of the white people. Chicanos/Chicanas of Southwest had to deal with war, racism and violence. By writing about the issues peculiar to Chicanos Anaya focuses on the problems that can affect people of any culture. Antonio in a way represents many a youngster who is struggling to make sense of what is happening in the world around him and trying to find a place for himself in it. The novel unfolds a captivating story of many religious, cultural and moral contradictions. Contradictions such as good vs. evil, the Golden Carp vs. the Christian God, Ultima 's knowledge and methods of learning vs. the Church 's or the school 's way of…

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