In the story, “Bless Me, Ultima,” by Rudolfo Anaya, the main character Antonio goes through some developmental changes that are a result of his exposure to death. Bless Me Ultima is about the overall psychological evolvement of a young Mexican-American boy who lives in the vast plains of New Mexico and involves himself in numerous deaths, however none of which are of his own accord. A peculiar woman by the name of Ultima shows up in our main character’s life and soon after, Antonio is encountering death. After his first death experience, a chain begins to form causing Antonio develop himself emotionally, spiritually and psychologically, later leading to moral independence. Encountering death would no doubt change someone emotionally which happens to our protagonist, Antonio. Antonio’s first death that he confronts is that of a war veteran by the name of Luptio who is shot by men from the town, Antonio’s father accompanying them. Antonio begins to feel fearful for his father’s soul for being with the other men who are responsible for Lupito’s death, believing God would punish their souls, “Will he go to hell?” (Anaya 25). This death would be the commencement of seeing Antonio mature. Due to being a passive spectator, Antonio is more analytical over anything. He makes it habitual to constantly be inquisitive “Did God listen? Would he hear? Had he seen my father on the bridge?” (Anaya 23). This character trait grants the reader insight as to what Antonio’s thoughts are and how he views the world also allowing the reader to view how Antonio changes emotionally. His early acquaintance with death leaves Antonio with myriad thoughts, causing Antonio’s premature loss of innocence. Spiritually and religiously, Antonio develops himself through constantly questioning God and why the world currently is the way it is. Death plays a major factor for Antonio in his journey to understand the world around him and the religious views of everyone. Death keeps Antonio questioning his morals and the human experience. Antonio always thinks about God and if he truly forgave sins or damned people to hell and is unforgiving, “Will God forgive his sin and be with him?” (Anaya 33). Struggling to reconcile himself with religion, Antonio comes to the conclusion that he must make his own decisions. Subconsciously, Antonio’s dreams contribute to the understanding of his questions about God. Every dream Antonio conjures up enriches his perception of the world. Psychologically, death aids Antonio throughout the story. Death allows Antonio to question…
THE STRUGGLE OF A BUTTERFLY
Cynthia L. Wingo
Ohio Christian University
November 11, 2014
THE STRUGGLE OF A BUTTERFLY
Growing up I was raised by my grandparents. I lived with them until the age of 14 when my grandmother passed away. I’m going to take a small trip down memory lane, and enlighten people about the struggle of a butterfly. In June of 2005, my grandmother became seriously ill; you name it, diabetes, kidney failure, and neuropathy all at once. My grandmother at the time was only 52 years…
The Struggle With Trust
Trust is like getting water in the Sahara desert, its hard to get. Many people feel that in order to gain trust it takes a series of time. I, unlike other people think that you should give them the benefit of the doubt and trust. I think this because no one has done anything not to deserve your trust so why not give it to them? When I first moved to this school I gave these two girls my trust to be a friend to me. They soon started to turn on me and deserted my…
Huck’s Struggle with His Conscience
O’Neill Period 3
Billions of avid children all over the world, filled with sheer excitement every Christmas evening, struggle to fall asleep as they anticipate Santa Claus’s arrival. However, once these children reach a certain age, despite what they have been taught by their parents, they begin to feel skeptical about the fact that an overweight, old man could…
Equality: A timeless Struggle
The trial is the most gripping, and in some ways the most important, dramatic sequence in To Kill a Mockingbird. The trial overall covers about five chapters with no breaks. The courtroom scene, where Atticus is picking apart the Ewells in front of the whole town, is the most cinematic portion of the book, as is the main focus of the movie of the book produced in 1962. Though the trial targets Tom Robinson, in another sense it is Maycomb that is…
Struggle is to keep trying and trying to get things to go well in life, but never do get better. Many people deal with the struggle in today’s society. Everyone has a different type of struggle. We can turn on the television and see all sorts of commercials for those in other countries needing clothes and/or food. In the past 6 years, I have overcome many obstacles. There are many things like relationships, addictions, job searching that can cause struggles.
When I turn on the television, all I…
and importance. It is much easier to affiliate with a group rather than risk rejection and act on your accord. The film Equilibrium, written and directed by Kurt Wimmer, and several articles from the PACS book highlight the issues concerning this struggle of the self. In order to fully understand the issue one must define individuality, recognize the trials of developing and maintaining individuality, and understand why it is important be an individual.
Individuality can be defined as the characteristic…
November 29, 2012
Struggle of Females
Society’s expectations affect young women’s body image, because it persuades them to do something to their bodies and they don’t realize the harm they are doing in themselves. They get influenced real quickly by what others are doing and they don’t realize that they are not listening to what they want to do. There are many things that people do to change their body image; plastic surgery, weight and the use of make-up.…
Professor N. Scuri
October 28, 2013
Struggles and a goal
To get to the crux of my life I am in now had to pass important reasons. You may wonder what I have had to do to get to this point of my life. Before decided to return to school, I faced many struggles throughout my life. For example, me moving to the United States, poor working conditions and compromising my family because of work has delayed me in reaching my goals.
When I came to the United States ten years…
taken back by other new treaties. The government forced American Indians to give up their land and move to reservations.
Bureau of Indian Affairs- worked closely with US army, where the administering of the reservations took place.
Years of Struggle-
Some Indian groups fought back. Some 20,000 US Army troops were fighting against these rebellious Indian tribes.
Sand Creek Massacre- one of the EARLIEST fights between the Indians and US soldiers in Colorado territory. US soldiers won.…