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The Reality and Feelings Behind the Fiction Rudolfo Anaya incorporates elements from his childhood and his emotions into the masterpiece Bless Me Ultima As you read deeper and deeper into the book you feel as though you are looking into the memories of the writer You feel what the main character Antonio feels and you see what he sees The book goes from being a normal fictional reading to an actual experience through the authors eyes You cant help but wonder if what youre reading could be real and in some aspects it truly is Rudolfo Anaya grew up in a small village in New Mexico the same setting of Bless Me Ultima In the book Antonios parents come from largely different backgrounds as did Anayas The striking similarity is that Anayas mothers lineage comes from Llano farmers and his father is a vaquero cowboy which perfectly describes Antonios parents As you can see Anaya pulled elements from his childhood and origins and placed them into this book so as to make it take on a more realistic form Witchcraft and curanderismo folk medicine are very important parts of this book as they are in Spanish culture Although some believe that these two powers are the same Anaya makes it perfectly clear that they are an example of good vs evil Witches or brujas lay hexes on people of whom they are jealous of or want revenge on Curanderas are among the very few who can cure the victims of the witches evil This is shown throughout the book between Ultima and the Trementina sisters Being of Spanish Pyron 2 descent Anaya grew up learning of these witches and cuanderas and it was therefore meaningful for him to incorporate into his book Catholicism is the religion of traditional Hispanic families which both Rudolfo Anaya and Antonio grew up in Assumingly it obviously played a huge part in this book However other elements of different religion
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