Sample Research Paper

This research paper explores the ethnical conflicts in Rudolfo A. Anaya’s novel Bless Me Ultima, focusing on the cultural pressures that cause Mexican Americans to abandon their indigenous heritage and the struggles they undergo simply because of their ethnicity. The critical writings of Marta Caminero- Santangelo, Holly E. Martin, Melissa Pabón and Pérez Héctor are used to explore the ethnic conflicts in the novel.

Bless Me, Ultima is one of the best novels of initiation in the Chicano tradition. The novel presents a powerful story of a young boy moving toward adulthood; Antonio’s choices on that journey reveal the rich and diverse traditions of the Mexican Americans of the American Southwest. Ultima helps Antonio heal the split into which he was born, pulled as he is between the heritage of his father, who had been a cowboy, and that of his mother, whose family have been farmers. This spiritual split between the Márez and Luna families, between the plains and the town, and between Ultima’s magical folk religion and Catholicism, is the central conflict of Antonio’s childhood.

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