Bless Me, Ultima Essay

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Bless Me, Ultima Ziyu Wang Bless Me, Ultima is a story about the maturation of a young Mexican-American boy, Antonio M’arez, struggling with many questions about his destiny, life and death, and good and evil. Ultima who comes to live with Antonio becomes his caretaker and his teacher. Antonio learns there are powers in the world that differ from his beliefs in the Catholic faith. Ultima teaches Antonio “that the tragic consequences of life can be overcome by the magical strength that resides in the human heart”. Ultima shows Antonio how to experience the magic of life with his heart and not with his eyes. For the first time, he sees the river not as something to be feared but as a source of life, “I had been afraid of the awful presence of the river, which was the soul of the river, but through her I learned that my spirit shared in the spirit of all things”. The river is both creative and destructive in nature. It is this new magical way of seeing the river that will help Antonio understand many of the events that occur in his life. One of the most interesting and mysterious symbols in the movie Bless Me Ultima was the owl. The owl was referred to as "Ultimas Owl". I beleive that symbolizes Ultimas soul, and almost seems to be a second form of Ultima since Ultima’s owl helps always Antonio by comforting him, protecting him from evil, and teaching him important lessons for the future. But unfortunately at the end of the movie the owl is killed and Ultima dies…