Bless Me Ultima Coming Of Age Analysis

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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 …show more content…
On the way to Antonio’s uncles’ farm to work for the summer, Antonios’s father had a very deep conversation about life with him. This was the first time in the novel that Antonio and his father had an in depth conversation about anything pertaining to Antonio’s future, so Antonio enjoyed the experience and learned that no matter what anyone else wants told him to be that the decision is ultimately for Antonio to make for himself. “Ay, every generation, every man is a part of his past. He cannot escape it, but he may reform the old materials, make something new” (Anaya 247). This quote is from Antonio’s dad’s speech to his son means that everyone comes from a different background that they will always have to honor, but it is up to everyone to take what you learn from the past generations and make up your own mind on what you want to do with the rest of your life. The experience of talking with his dad eased Antonio’s wandering mind because now he realized that he had a lot of time left to figure out what he was going to do with the rest of his

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