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Daniel Hildreth Period 2 Man in defining himself religiously chooses from beliefs that contribute to the identity he molds an identity that differentiates him from the norm of society In Bless Me Ultima the author Rodolfo Anaya addresses the battle against conformity man endures while trying to discover what he believes in spiritually Anaya conveys the idea that the battle should be a confusing struggle in which man recognizes his uniqueness but in which he also discovers that the values and beliefs of family and society can greatly influence what he ultimately believes to be valid Anaya expresses the first idea of religion through la gentes legend of the golden carp To Antonio this god is more believable to him for two reasons the first being that they both can physically touch the god The second that he along with his friend can actually see the fish implying the idea that seeing is believing To Antonio this god is easier to believe in because it is tangible concluding that this god is the most effective and rational He is more apt to believing in the carp because this religion does not require faith that the god really does exist Anaya conveys the idea that many believe in a religion that requires faith Antonios mother is the prime representation of this idea because she devotes a majority of her time and effort into praying to her god for the return of her sons from the war Although she cannot physically touch or see her god it is her faith that drives her to believe her god really does exist and that he will answer her prayers Antonio witnesses that his mothers faith lead to the return of his brothers from the war He concludes that if he prays for what he wants and upholds faith through thick and thin that this god will answer his prayers and lead him to salvation Anaya combines
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