Virtues of Ultima

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    Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, is a complex novel that includes many recurring themes. One theme portrayed throughout the story is the concept of the main characters coming of age, while seeking an understanding of what his future holds. Antonio, the main character, is an adolescent finding his way through the stages of childhood and adulthood. He is the youngest boy in a family that wishes for their children to embrace the life of the church. Antonio experiences family pressures to pursue a certain life in the future, but his constant questioning of ideals he once believed in, and the events that he has lived through provide him with the maturity to choose his own path in life. Antonio's family has conflicting opinions about what his…

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    In Bless Me Ultima, the most noticeable opposites that are brought together are the three religions Tony faces conflict between: Catholicism, Paganism, and Atheism. For all of his childhood, Tony was raised on Catholicism and solely that; his beliefs lied with God and the Virgin. Once Tony had his interactions with the Golden Carp and Florence, his religious foundation began to crumble, opening up a whole new world filled with a plethora of questions and a scarcity of definite answers. This…

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    1. A curandera, “is a healer in the tradition of native New Mexican healers” (pg.x). Curanderas use ancient methods learned by the Native Americans in order to heal people and help them. One of the main characters in the story “Bless me Ultima” acts as a curandera; her name is Ultima. Ultimas role in the pueblo communities of New Mexico was to basically be the doctor that the people didn 't have. Curanderas made people teas, cured broken bones, mixed medicines, and healed illnesses, but…

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    Meno's Virtue Analysis

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    What is Virtue? It seems that we have seen variations of this question searched for down through the centuries. Plato asked about the nature of justice. Everyone from the Neo-Platonists to the Utilitarians debated the concept of goodness. We now have the postmodernists asking what exactly constitutes truth. The “what is F” question seems to be alive and well. Although I do not necessarily agree with his conclusion, I do believe that Socrates thoroughly shuts Meno down. In this paper, I will…

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    Aristotle states that moral virtues are not inherent sources of reason but can be influenced by reason to aid in the acquisition of happiness. Hobbes believes that moral virtues are dispositions that are influenced by reason to make men more inclined to avoid returning to a state of nature. Hobbes makes the most compelling arguments mainly due to his pragmatism and understanding of the nature of man. His argument against an objective good thoroughly debunks the pomposity of Aristotle 's argument…

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    Bless Me, Ultima LAP Deja Dugar AP Literature Period 3 9/28/16 A man does not die of love or their body or old age; he dies of being man. "You are innocent until you understand" (page 71). Growth and coming of age can only come with knowledge and understanding. The only way you can truly understand is if you go and actually live life. Through his experiences Antonio Marez finds himself questioning everything. This is the start to a domino effect that is his religious ambivalence. …

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    The title of the novel is constantly repeated throughout the novel. Although it is not the complete title Bless Me Ultima, the words bless me are used a number of times throughout the story of Antonio’s life. In one of Antonio’s dreams, the phrase is first spoken by a man. The man said to the others in the room, “Perhaps God will bless our family and make the baby a priest” (5). Although antonio was not able to recognize who the people in his dream, he knew that the young boy who was born that…

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    Bless Me, Ultima: Cultural Conflict Culture plays a major role in everyone's life. In Antonio’s life, his parents are very strong believers of their own cultures and family history, essentially preventing Antonio from developing and becoming mature and causing great complications throughout his life. Cultural conflict develops Antonio into a mentally stronger person, he becomes a great person as he gains knowledge and becomes wiser. As disagreements develop within the family, Antonio’s life…

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    Bless me Ultima is a book that talks about the search for religious footing, family obligations, friendships, malice and revenge. The title speaks religious volumes, as though the persona seeks the favor of the one they are addressing. Ultima is a name with Spanish connotations. The author of the book is Rudolfo Anaya. He was born in New México, whose culture influenced much of his older life. His family moved to Albuquerque, where he attended high school. He got a Bachelor of Arts degree in…

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