Essay on Religious Confusion in Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Only a few books dare to discuss the confusion surrounded by a religious awakening. In Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya, challenges standard religion and brings in differnet ideas through the perspective of a young and confused boy. At the end of his struggle to understand, the boy reaches the peace of mind he was seeking.
Antonio, the young boy, wants answers to the questions that have been nagging at him since he was introduced to religious ideology. He does not understand why Ultima, a close elderly friend and a healer, can save his dying uncle from the curses of evil while the priest from El Puerto with his holy water and the power of God can not lift the curse from him. He wonders whether …show more content…
The last idea Antonio learns about is the Catholic religion. This isn't new to him completely but he only knows what his mother has told him and what he has learned on Sundays at church. It is not until he starts going to catechism that he learns more about the religion his mother so dearly follows. He is still not happy even after his First Communion. He expects to hear God answer all his questions the second he drinks the wine but he hears nothing from the God. He doesn't know what to believe. The only thing that has proven completely worthy is Ultima and her magic.
Anaya's writing successfully integrates the confusion of a young boy who wants answers to topics over his head with a wonderful story. By weaving