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The world of the New Mexico of this novel is ruled by the Church. Antonio has plenty of models in syncretism. Ultima is a practitioner of ancient religion of the earth while at the same time a Catholic who observes the Catholic calendar and goes to mass regularly.
All the people of the region believe that it is possible to use the power of the church, manifested in the cross and in holy water, to combat witches. Antonio, however, being a child and taking everything as a first question, has not yet learned to rest in the contradictions.
He knows that he cannot accept the golden carp or the presence of the river without adjusting his Catholicism in some way. Syncretism is as ancient as Catholicism. Yet it can never rest easy. It is always a contradiction in terms.
Antonio resolves his dilemma by letting go a little of the doctrines of Catholicism and the belief in the allpowerfulness of God. The closest he comes to a solution is in his recognition that a true Christian practices the spirit of the law--to love one another--while a dogmatic Christian only practices the letter of the law and therefore spends most of the time like Lloyd, judging others.
The minor theme of Anaya's novel concerns the combat between Ultima's vision of the interconnections between the land and the people, an interconnection that enables healing and health and the negative forces represented by the Trementina sisters, and their father, Tenorio, who represent death and separation.
This theme is actually connected to many other parts of the novel. While Ultima is a healer who spends her life working to help her community, the Trementina sisters have separated themselves from community.
Ultima uses the power of nature to help, while the Trementina sisters use the power of nature to hurt. The real contest though of the novel is between Ultima and Tenorio. Tenorio is actually part of the community.
He owns a bar and a barber shop.
He has little trouble getting together a posse against Ultima when he suspects her of having had a part in the death of his daughter. It is in this fact that the reader sees the ambiguous place of Ultima in her community.
She is called both a woman who has never sinned and a witch.
Her powers put her outside the norms of her community even as she uses her powers to help her community. The novel, however, insistently points out that Ultima stands for the good and that the good is always stronger than evil.
Gabriel is more specific: Ultima is good because of her sympathy with the people. He learns that he must trust that all is unified and whole even though he might not at present see it and he must always keep his sense of rightness attached to the way he treats people.
Despite doctrine, Antonio will treat people according to his conscience as he as seen Ultima do.The Use of Themes and Motifs in Macbeth Essay - Despite the fact that Macbeth was written a few hundred years ago, many of the themes and motifs used in the play are still considered effective literary devices in today’s world.
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Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs. Bless Me, Ultima ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE TEACHING UNIT OBJECTIVES Bless Me, Ultima Objectives By the end of this Unit, the student will: 1. Analyze the novel on three levels • As a coming of age story.
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After refusing to help Narciso to warn Ultima, which results in Narciso's death at the hands of Tenorio, he leaves home as well. Antonio the main character and protagonist of the novel, is a six-year-old boy who lives with his family just outside Guadalupe, a small village in New Mexico.
Ultima’s healing continues to be an important theme in Bless Me Ultima and the conflict between Tenorio and Ultima is also a reoccurring conflict in the novel.
On page 45 Ultima and Antonio begin to grow closer and Ultima tells Antonio about the presence of the river.