Bless Me Ultima Criticism

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Bless Me Ultima


In life there are many people and events that one will encounter that will have such an
impact on their life that it will stick to them for as long as they can remember. In
Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima, Antonio has encountered many events in his life that
taught him a great deal. The events and people that Tony learned a great deal from are,
Ultima- and the conversation she had with Tenorio before she cured Pedro Luna, Cico- and
the golden carp, and Tony‘s uncles- when he stayed with them for the summer.


In Chapter 10, Antonio’s uncle Lucas comes to seek Ultima’s help to cure their brother
from a curse put on by brujas. Ultima agrees to help, and she takes Antonio with her to El
Puerto to cure his uncle. After they arrive, Ultima and Tony go to Tenorio Trementina’s
saloon shop to reason with him. Tony observed everything Ultima did and looked up to her a
great deal. He implies this on page 86 after Ultima tells the men in the shop she seeks
Tenorio; Tony states, "Her voice was strong and confident. She stood tall, with a
nobleness to her stature that I had seen often when walked on the IIano. She was not
afraid, and so I tried to stand like her and put my fears out of my heart." This quote
signifies that Antonio observed Ultima’s stature often and he thought of her as fearless
and stood like her to get rid of his fears. Tony looked up to Ultima because he knew she
was very wise, that’s what "La grande" meant. In Chapter 12 on page 115 Tony says, "I felt
more attached to Ultima than I did my own mother," which states that he felt very close
and safe with Ultima, and he looked up to her, like any child would to his mother. So when
they were in the saloon, Ultima’s actions and everything else she did had a positive
impact on Tony.


Events of Antonio’s religious preference changes a lot throughout the novel as well. In
Chapter 11 on page 105, when Tony is introduced to the golden carp, he says, " I could not
have been more entranced if I had seen the Virgin, or God Himself." This quote signifies
that the golden carp had a positive impact on Tony more than the Virgin had on him,
because on page 42, Tony says, "There was no one I loved more than the Virgin." " God had
power, he spoke and the thunder echoed through the skies; God was not always forgiving,
but the Virgin was full of a quiet, peaceful love." Tony also refers to the Virgin as "the
last relief of all sinners." All of these quotes signify that as much as Tony loves the
Virgin, and how God had so much power, he refers to the golden carp as a "miraculous
thing." He then compares that to where the power of God had failed to work and Ultima’s
had, which meant the way he felt about the golden carp was equaled to how he felt about
Ultima’s magic, but the power of God was no match to the golden carp, or the magic of
Ultima. Near the end Tony learns from this event on page 244 when he says, "I doubted the
God of my forefathers, the God of the Lunas, and knew I praised the beauty of the golden
carp." This was the breaking point of him identifying the religion he truly believed in,
because Ultima told him in Chapter 11 that as he grew into manhood he would find his own
truths and that’s what he learned to do.
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