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Bless Me, Ultima by Mind Map: Bless Me, Ultima
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Bless Me, Ultima

Themes

The importance of moral independence

the influence of culture on identity

Characters

Antonio

The Protagonist

He turns to both pagan and Christian ideologies for guidance, but he doubts both traditions.

Ultima

Antonio's mentor

A curandera or healer

Ultima is a firm believer in tolerance and understanding, however, and she teaches Antonio that different belief systems can offer equally valid ways of understanding the world.

Gabriel

Antonio's father

Gabriel volunteers to put aside the conflict with the Lunas and help Antonio make his own choice about his future.

Setting

Time

Mid-1940s, during and after World War II

Place

Guadalupe, New Mexico, and its surrounding area

Author

Rudolph Anaya

Genre

Buildungsroma

Magical Realism

Tone

Serious

Reflective

Foreshadowing

Antonio's dreams

Symbols

The golden carp

represents a magical religious order

Ultima's owl

represents her life force and the power of her religious mysticism.

The Virgin of Guadalupe

symbolizes forgiveness, understanding, and the resolution of cultural conflict.