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"Anaya's first novel, BLESS ME, ULTIMA probably the best-known and most- respected contempo rary Chicano fiction, probes into the fat satchel of remembered. Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima is about pride and assimilation, faith and doubt . The summer before Antonio. Juan Márez y Luna turns seven, an old woman. Chicano experience, so Bless Me, Ultima is one of the first of its kind. An earlier language, violence, and a positive portrayal of the occult, Bless Me, Ultima has.


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View bless me myavr.info from ENGLISH 2 at Sharyland H S. Advanced Placement in English Literature and Composition Individual Learning Packet Teaching. Ultima came to stay with us the summer I was almost seven. When she came the beauty of the llano unfolded before my eyes, and the gurgling waters of the river. PDF | On Jan 1, , María Martínez Lirola and others published The Bless Me, Ultima (), Anaya has shown a continuing interest in the folk stories of.

How was it possible to sell Chicano literature then? Bless Me, Ultima could be suitable for such an analysis, facilitated by the fact that the Anglo presence is really reduced and the clash between Chicano people and Anglo domination is not so evident as in other Chicano novels, whereas the Indian and Spanish inheritances predominate Fly Junquera , Even if this commercial choice were considered essential as a marketing strategy by the publishing house, the process would not hide the cultural reasons at its basis.

Rather, the Italian connection to the magic- realist domain would imply a double alteration: Along the same lines of the title, Italian cover images support a visual focus only on the second main protagonist Ultima.

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The first Quinto Sol edition ap- peared with a cover reproducing a llano, an adobe house on the left and the moon on the right, all symbolic references to the story that takes place in the novel. On the top of the page, a rectangle, lending towards left, portrays two blending faces.

Here Anto- nio is absent, but the boy will appear in the edition together with Ultima and her owl in the rectangle on the top of the page. We can see an adobe house on the llano and three characters: The later Grand Central edition reproduces the same image by Vigil. In both the and editions, words and image are balanced. The last American edition appeared in We still have symbols gener- ally connected to the Southwestern United States, such as an adobe wall, an Indio picture, clay pots and a cactus.

The Italian hard cover edition reproduces a particular from James S. In the Italian edition there are indeed some good connections with the symbolic order proposed in previous editions.

We can see a desert place, an adobe house and orange color, which can be connected to the idea of the warm South West. Still, there are three people, but the protagonist child is absent.

Instead there are three women: Feminine images prevail, thus establishing a connection with Ultima, the supposed main character of the Italian translated title. If you look at the very top of the image, a stylized lightning is painted. My interpretation is that these women are praying for they fear the storm or for the divine intervention to stop the atmospheric events.

In both cases, the animist understanding of the world and the magical practice are considered pagan attitudes by the Catholic doctrine, i.

The Giunti paperback edition is for sure the most manipulated. The whole cover is dedicated to a single figure representing a young slim woman, dressed in black and with long hair, looking at the sky with open arms.

The im- age totally sustains the focus of the descriptive title, thus creating a congruent cultural image for the readers before they enter the text. The shift in the title coincides with the shift in the images which accompany the novel, and Ultima becomes the central focus of both the title and the cover.

Her proposal as the protagonist is so strong that her supposed body occupies the whole page, with space only for the llano on the background. The passage from Ultima as an old woman, as she actually is in the novel, to a young woman with long black hair is even more equivocal—youth is always more appealing than senility and long hair than wrinkles, also for the reading public. This way Ultima is not only promoted to central character, but she is also re-represented as a young woman, an appealing image which entices women buyers who look for a fantasy charac- ter with whom to identify and dream.

Even though in the inside cover the editor Bottalico specifies that Bless Me, Ultima is a classic of American literature, the general perception is that the nov- el is inevitably linked to a Latin American reality, which, in the Italian view, has little to do with the United States we usually like to import. Notes 1. As Professor Bottalico expressed to me in a personal communication. Works cited Anaya, Rudolfo. Bless me, Ultima.

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Ba- sic Books. He begins the story as a child lying in bed and listening to his parents discuss Ultima. Gabriel was once a vaquero cowboy of the llano and enjoyed the freedom of the open spaces there.

Now they live on the outskirts of the town, just at the edge of the llano. This move wounded Gabriel's pride, and now he drinks often and laments his sons who are off fighting in World War II. The novel begins by setting up the opposing cultural forces that will influence Antonio's coming of age.

Antonio has heard that she is a curandera, a magic healing woman with knowledge of herbs and ancient remedies. Some people think she is a bruja, or witch. Antonio's parents decide that she will come and live with the family.

Curanderas use healing practices of the indigenous peoples and are often accused of being witches. Active Themes Antonio starts to fall asleep and he prays to the Virgin Mary. He sleeps and starts to dream of a mud hut in Las Pasturas, the site of his own birth. He sees an old woman in black deliver a child which he realizes is himself and bite off the umbilical cord and save it with the afterbirth.

Antonio's dreams add to the plot's narrative and also enhance the magical realist elements of the story, as he seems just as "magical" with his dreams as Ultima will be later. Active Themes In the dream the Lunas and the vaqueros both try to claim the baby Antonio as their own.

They want him to be a free vaquero like they are. The families start to fight over who will receive the afterbirth until the old woman stops them, saying she will bury it herself — she will be the only one who knows the child's fate.

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This dream is a physical representation of the struggle already going on inside Antonio. His mother's family wants him to become a farmer or priest like them, and his father's family wants him to return to the llano as a vaquero. But neither are given the final word — only Ultima knows his fate, but she does not choose one way of life over the other.

Download it! Antonio wakes up and thinks apprehensively about leaving his mother and going to school for the first time soon.

His sisters, Deborah and Theresa, giggle and ask rude questions about Ultima before she arrives. Antonio wonders who will hear his confession if he is a priest, but his mother doesn't hear his whispered question. Ultima is about to arrive at a stressful time in Antonio's life — he is leaving home to go to school for the first time soon.However, he realizes how different he is at school only to find solace amongst other outcasts. By Rudolfo A. In the end that knowledge they seek will destroy us all Terri Windling described the re-issue as "an important novel which beautifully melds Old World and New World folklore into a contemporary story".

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