top-rated free essay

Bless Me Ultima-Luna or Vaquer

Oct 08, 1999 487 Words
Luna or Vaquero?

The Vaqueros and Lunas are two very different cultures. Lunas are very quiet people who farm and live by the moon. Vaqueros are very wild people and don’t like to stay in one place. Tony’s parents are both. His moms’ family are Lunas and his dads’ family are Vaqueros. Tony has to decide what blood runs through him before he will know who he really is.

The Vaqueros are people of the Llano. “They are exuberant, restless people, wandering across the ocean of the plain.”(6) They like to have a lot of freedom and they like to roam the country. They do not want to be tied down. “They are freethinkers who will not take each others lives unless there is just cause.”(33) “The wind is their brother and the horse their companion.”(247) Unlike the Lunas, the Vaqueros are very rowdy and love to live life as a big party.

The Lunas, on the other hand, are very steady people. They do everything according to the moon. “They plant their crops and care for their animals according to the moon.”(90) “They live their lives, sing their songs, and die under the changing moon. The moon is their goddess.”(90) “They will not gather crops or save next years seeds unless the moon dictated.”(249) They come from men who hold earth as their brother and they do the same.

Tony had a big decision to make on rather he wanted to be a priest(Luna) or a Vaquero. His dad wants him to be a Vaquero and have lots of freedom. His mother wants him to become a priest and help out the community and live life with God at his side. “Antonio wants to know if he was baptized in the water of the moon or by the salt water of the sea.”(120) Whenever he dreams of being a Luna priest they all of a sudden change to nightmares. “He has so many dreams to be fulfilled, but Ultima tells him that his destiny must unfold like a flower, with only the sun and the earth and water making it blossom, and no one else meddling with it.”(223) Antonio understands this but he still wonders what he will turn out to be.

The story ends without telling you what Tony decides. He is very influenced about being a priest when he goes to visit his uncles and by his mother. But, he is also pressured by his father and brothers because they all have thick Maréz blood and want him to be like them. In the end only Ultima knows what he will really be and she dies. Now Tony can only hope that destiny helps him out and he makes the right decision.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Bless Me Ultima

    ...Antonio’s Growing Up In the novel, Bless Me Ultima, Antonio Marez has personal endeavors that provide him with his outlook on life. The author, Rudolfo Anaya sets this up beautifully by putting the protagonist, Antonio, through a riveting and exciting plot. In the novel, Antonio Marez has multiple exposures of maturity, such as being raised ...

    Read More
  • Bless Me, Ultima

    ...Bless Me, Ultima, is a coming of age story focusing on the life of 7-year-old, Antonio Marez. In the beginning, Antonio, like any other kid was blinded to the cruel real world. His mother shielded him from everything in hope to keep her last son pure and innocent. She raised him to be religious and someday hopefully become a priest. However, thr...

    Read More
  • Symbolism In Bless Me Ultima

    ...means having sympathy for people, Ultima has sympathy for people, and it is so complete that with it she can touch their soul and cure them.” ( Anaya, Rudolfo ). It is true if you cannot understand you cannot feel, understanding with the sensitivity you know why you feel that way. It is a lesson worth learning from what occurs in daily life. ...

    Read More
  • Juxtaposition In Bless Me Ultima

    ...commonly endeavors to achieve the dreams of their parents, and Antonio is no exception. In Bless Me, Ultima, parents of Antonio, a six-year-old boy, invite Ultima, a curandera, to live with them. During her stay, Ultima sees Antonio internally struggling to find his destiny since his parents each wants him to choose only his or her path. Due to...

    Read More
  • Bless Me Ultima

    ...Karina Garcia Mr. Marquez English 10 Period 6 October 29, 2013 In the novel Bless Me, Ultima, Antonio has many dreams but there is on dream that changes him completely. The author of Bless Me Ultima is Rudolfo Anaya. In this dream Antonio watched all of the people he cared about die and experiences the presence of the three men that are a...

    Read More
  • Bless Me Ultima Ultima Is a Witch

    ...In the book Bless Me, Ultima, Ultima is an old woman who was invited to stay at our protagonist house, Antonio, to live the remainder years of her life with the Marez family. But there is a controversy to who is Ultima, a witch or curandera? Ultima calls herself a curandera, someone who uses herbs and old customs to heal someone else, but some p...

    Read More
  • Bless Me Ultima Essay

    ...BLESS ME ULTIMA The Mystical Three The number three is being constantly used throughout this book. Every time Rudolfo Anaya uses three, it is always representing different situations. In Bless Me, Ultima, the use of the mystical number three supports the magical realism embedded in the novel. Antonio is a six year old boy who has three ...

    Read More
  • Bless Me Ultima Analysis

    ...Natalie N. English II Things Have Changed (Bless Me Ultima Final Draft) In Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima, Antonio doesn’t see much of a future in becoming a priest or a vaquero as he learns of new cultures and beliefs which contradict his parents’ choice of destiny. With Ultima’s guidance Antonio comes to terms of having ...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.