Essay Bless Me Ultima Dialectical Journal

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Bless Me, Ultima Dialectical Journal
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Commentary:
1. “The magical time of childhood stood still, and the pulse of the living earth pressed its mystery into my living blood” (1.1).
(P) This thought that Antonio has builds up the possibility that he will later form a deep connection and bond with the earth and nature.
2. “ The war sucks everything dry,” my father said solemnly, “it takes the young boys overseas, and their families move to California where there is work” (3.2).
(C) Antonio’s father Gabriel shares the belief that is found in this time period that abundance and prosperity were to be found in the lush lands of California, such as are emphasized in John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes
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(C) This argument between Antonio’s parents, the embodiments of dreams and rebellion, reveals the ignorance of the uneducated in believing that so much opportunity lies behind a simple education. In The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, this naivete is defeated when Douglass gains an education and feels shackled by the knowledge of freedoms which were denied him yet held by others.
13. “We banded together and in our union found strength. We found a few others who were like us, different in language and custom, and a part of our loneliness was gone” (59.2).
(E) In this brief description of how Antonio found a set of comrades at school, Anaya is commenting on the human nature of congregating in order to obtain stability and security.
14. “We prayed until our faith passed into an exhaustion that numbed us to sleep. The first to fall asleep was Theresa, and my father quietly got up and took her to bed. Then Deborah nodded and toppled. And I, who wanted to endure to please my mother, was next” (61.1).
(Q) As Antonio and his family kneel together in prayer over the return of his brothers, he desires to outlast his siblings so that he can prove his devotion to his mother. Will Antonio continue to prove this devotion by carrying out his mother’s dream of him becoming a priest?
15. “Tell me about the war.” “It was all right,” Leon shrugged. “Like hell,” Eugene scowled. He pulled away from us and sat by himself. My mother said he was like that,

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