PLEASE DO NOT accept this question if you have NOT read Bless me, Ultima.

select one of the following questions and develop your answer into a five paragraph essay. Essay should be at least 3-4 pages long. You may use class notes, films, textbooks or any outside resource to support your answer.

MLA Format.

  1. What is the significance of the conflict between English-speakers and Spanish-speakers that Antonio encounters at school? Why is language so important in the novel? In what sense does this conflict give Antonio perspective on the conflict within his family?

2. Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. Discuss and analyze a theme in Bless Me, Ultima.

3.An integral aspect of the construction of Bless Me, Ultima is the point of view from which the story is told. The novel is narrated by the main character, Antonio, who is six –years- old when the novels begins, and yet who is much more perceptive than a six-year-old. It is clear that the narrator is really an adult remembering and articulating the events of his childhood. Bless Me, Ultima is told from the point of view of the main character, in what ways does the use of the first-person narrator affect the impact of the story?

4. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya is written in a style of literature known as Magical Realism. This is a genera of writing where magical and mystical elements are added into realistic stories of fiction. Magical Realism is an encounter between familiarity and strangeness, which is mostly associated with the Latin, Mexican and Chicano culture. In your essay, further explore how Anaya implements magical realism in his novel