Witches usually appear in Halloween but also in a book. Bless me, Ultima written by Rudolfo Anaya. This book is about a boy, Antonio, who is choosing between his mother’s dream and his father’s dream. In the meantime, Ultima comes to live with them, and with Ultima’s help, Antonio chooses to combine his parents’ dreams both. But Tenorio, an evil person who has three witch daughters, tries to kill Ultima and Antonio. Ultima is a witch because she performs black magic and has an owl as her soul.
Ultima curses Tenorio’s three daughters by the art of voodoo because they put a curse on Uncle Lucas. When Ultima is healing Lucas, she makes three dolls that may represent Tenorio’s daughters and curses them: “Then she took three pins, and after dipping them into the new remedy on the stove, she stuck a pin into each doll” (101). Ultima pins the three dolls and lays a curse on them. After that, two of the daughters dies. This proves that Ultima is a witch because she curses people.
When Tenorio tries to test if Ultima is a witch or not by putting a holy-cross sign on the door, Ultima doesn’t pass the tesbecause there are two needles on the floor. After Ultima passes through the door, Antonio finds two needles on the floor: ”I bent down and picked up the two needles that had been stuck to the top of the door frame” (135). This means that Ultima may be a witch because she may have taken the two needles out while her owl attacks Tenorio’s left eye. Ultima is scared that her witch identity will be revealed because she cheates on the test.
Furthermore, Ultima has a spiritual animal. When Tenorio kills Ultima’s owl, Ultima dies too because her owl is her soul: “I have killed the owl with a bullet molded by the Prince of Death!” he shouted at me. “The witch is dead, my daughters are avenged”! (258) Tenorio kills Ultima because his daughters are cursed by Ultima when she is healing Lucas. Tenorio knows if the owl is dead, Ultima will die too.