Throughout life many people encounter a quest or something they think is a quest.â€ The real reason for a quest is always self-knowledge.â€(Thomas C.Foster) Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya is the story of Antonio Marez and begins when he is just six years old. In the opening of the novel, Ultima joins the family. Antonioâ€™s quest is the coming of his age and as he endures this quest, Ultima, guides him through his tough and inquisitive times. Ultima helps Tony on his quest, understanding him, teaching him, guiding him, and giving him the courage to face his own ordeals.
Tony faces growing up under his mother, a Luna, and his father, a Marez. The Luna heritage is one of farming and priesthood, and Tonyâ€™s mother dreams of Antonio some day being a priest since there has not been one I nth e family for some time. His ...view middle of the document...
With his new knowledge of the world, Tony wishes to comprehend why the evil that he witnesses happen, and he yearns for understanding. He hopes that with his first Communion he will gain the knowledge of God; however, he is disappointed. â€œA thousand questions pushed through my mind, but the voice within me did not answer. There was only silence. The mass was ending; the fleeting mystery was already vanishing.â€ (221)
When Tony goes to school, he is confronted with a new culture. Although Tonyâ€™s mother encourages him to be respectful towards his teachers become a â€œman of learningâ€. Tony does not find a mutual respect for his home culture when he goes t school. The other children make fun of him because of his language and the food he brings for lunch. Tony also finds that, despite what he has been taught at home and at church. There is the possibility of more than one source of divine God. In knowing this causes Tony to question his Christian beliefs.
Tony also searches for his identity among the conflicting expectations of his motherâ€™s and families. Tonyâ€™s motherâ€™s family is the Luna family which means moon. The Lunaâ€™s are farmers and the founder of their family was a priest. Tonyâ€™s fatherâ€™s family, the Marez is vaqueros who like to roam the land freely. Tony feels all of his familyâ€™s conflicting experiences weighing down upon him, and he wishes to find his identity
Throughout the novel Antonio grows and learns about life and what it can offer and what it can take away. Antonio begins as a child lost in need of guidance and finishes, as a man who is ready to enter the world and fully experience everything it has to offer. Throughout the story he struggles to find the answers to the questions he keeps asking. With the knowledge that he gains he loses innocence. With his loss of innocence Antonio gains more knowledge and can later decide between right and wrong for himself like an adult should.