In Bless Me, Ultima, the death of Lupito reflects Tony’s never-ending quest to find self-identity at the loss of innocence and the rise of questioning and confusion that Tony would be left to resolve throughout the course of the novel.
After the death of Lupito, the elements of nature reveal the beginning of the loss of innocence. In the opening scenes of the novel, Tony follows his father in search for Lupito and gives reference to “the season of change”, also known as autumn, which serves to foreshadow the events that will take away Tony’s innocence. After hastily running to take cover from being noticed by his father, Tony chooses to hide in the river. However, not being aware of Lupito’s presence being so close that he could feel the presence of Lupito was lost in the “muddy waters of the river that lapped and gurgled around him”. The muddy waters show the characteristics of Lupito, which later condescends into “ a river stained with blood forever and ever and ever “. The death of Lupito leaves a mark in the river as well as a mark on Tony “forever and ever and ever “, as Tony loses his innocence after “witnessing for the first time the death of a man”. Lupito’s soul is intertwined with the imagery of “Pigeons swirling to roost on the church top”, as Lupito calls to be blessed for his death. Tony is shocked while this is all happening, being “shivered” by the thought of church Tony could not see him being able to bless Lupito for his death. The shock of witnessing such an action tragedy made Tony no longer seek comfort from the river, and rather Ultima’s owl is there to comfort Tony and guide him home.
The fear and anxiety that Tony faces after Lupito’s death leaves him to feel confused and bewildered about his self-identity. As Lupito’s death was steadily inching away, he gasps out “Bless me, “ to Tony, however instead of feeling the need to bless Lupito, Tony is still under the state of being shock. When Tony is in fear it foreshadows that he has an...
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