Bless Me Ultima

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Nate Gardner
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Bless Me Ultima Test Essay
Have you ever had someone or something that has a deeper meaning to you, beyond just what it is on the surface? Something that symbolizes an idea or principle? There are certain symbols in everyone’s lives that are meaningful to them. In Rudolpho Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima, the golden carp, the Virgin, and Ultima’s owl are the three most important symbols in Antonio’s coming-of-age journey because they symbolize his struggle to believe.

The golden carp represents the non-Catholic beliefs that Antonio struggles to not believe. Antonio is raised in a strict Catholic family, but after being shown the Golden Carp by Cico, Antonio begins to question his religion and everything he had been taught about God. Antonio is fascinated by the golden carp and says “I could not have been more entranced if I had seen the Virgin, or God Himself.” This shows that although it is against his beliefs to behold another figure, Antonio is amazed to have actually seen the legendary carp he had been told about by Cico, and wonders why God never shows himself. Antonio also says that seeing the Golden Carp was “what I had expected God to do at my first holy communion”. This shows that experiencing the golden carp in the flesh was more real and meaningful to him than even the most sacred rituals of his own church. Another one of the most important symbols in Bless Me, Utima is the Virgin because she is at the center of Antonio’s Catholic beliefs and keeps him from abandoning his belief in God. The Virgin represents kindness and comfort for Antonio. Antonio sees the Virgin as someone who is close to God, but also someone who he can talk to and will not be judged by. Antonio says when he prayed to the Virgin it was as if he could see her “turn and whisper into Gods ear exactly what I had just told her”. This shows that he is much more comfortable talking to the Virgin directly than to God Himself because he doesn’t understand and he fears...
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