From to Anaya struggled to find his own "voice" as the literary models he knew and had studied at the University of New Mexico BA English, did not fit him as a writer. He has also remarked on the unavailability of many authors at that time who could serve as mentors for his life experience as a Chicano.
During these years, Antonio experiences tragedies and struggles. He emerges as a more mature person because of his relationship with his grandmother and spiritual guide, Ultima. In exploring this relationship, Anaya uses a large variety of interesting materials and techniques.
He interweaves legendary and mythic details into realistic descriptions of the New Mexican landscape to create a rich picture of the lifestyle of the characters. He tells the story from the point of view of the narrator, the boy Antonio, but endows him with insights too mature for a young person, thus creating a multiple point of view for the events.
Moreover, Anaya frequently incorporates dreams into the story. The plot consists of the struggles Anaya considers the important ones in life, those concerning loss of faith and family problems. He comments that the time of childhood seemed to stand still. It is Ultima who helps Antonio through the family struggle between these two philosophies, as well as through his problems with his three brothers and two sisters and through the other conflicts in the book.
Antonio excels in school and socially; however, he has problems with his relationship to the Church, because he cannot reconcile its spiritual teachings with the bureaucracy and artifice connected to it.
He also experiences four deaths, including the drowning of a close friend. Dreams influence his outlook and conduct.
For example, dreams in which battles of mythic proportion appear often lead into real arguments with his parents. The structure of the narration and the mingling of dream, legend, and reality make the work interesting.Bless Me, Ultima is a coming-of-age novel by Rudolfo Anaya centering on Antonio Márez y Luna and his mentorship under his curandera and protector, Ultima.
It has become the most widely read and critically acclaimed novel in the Chicano literary canon since its first publication in Bless Me, Ultima is a semi-autobiographical novel based on the New Mexican community of Rudolfo Anaya’s childhood. Anaya used his memory of his town, the Pecos River, Highway 66, the church, the school, and the surrounding villages and ranches as the inspiration for their depiction in his novel.
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Antonio Márez - The precocious protagonist of Bless Me, Ultima, Antonio is six years old at the beginning of the timberdesignmag.como is serious, thoughtful, and prone to moral questioning, and his experiences force him to confront difficult issues that blur the lines between right and wrong.
In Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya uses parallelism, active voice, varieties of sentences, and rhythm of speech to illustrate the significant moment which is the foreshadowing of Antonio’s destiny. Anaya uses parallelism to show more meaning to what is being said.
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