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According to the Taoist believes everything in the universe exists as the Yin Yang relationship Yin and Yang the pair of complimentary opposites merge with each other to form the perfect circle of unity Ying would not have existed if there was no Yang and vice versa The concept of Yin Yang is presented throughout the novel Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya By illustrating the presence of the complimentary opposites within both the characters and the natural elements Anaya effectively conveys the theme of universal unity of the balanced opposites An essential pair of natural elements that exists as the complimentary opposites in this novel is the moon and the sea The moon with its beams of the mellow light is often considered to be gentle and mild Alternatively the sea with its violent waves is frequently anticipated to be wild and reckless Antonio in his dream at the end of chapter 11 is confused about whether he belongs to the salt water of the sea or the sweet water of the moon120 Here Anaya uses the imagery of two opposite tastes to show the difference between the sea and the moon Later in the dream Ultima teaches Antonio that the sweet water of the moonK fill the seas and the salt water of the oceanK become again the waters of the moon121 Deriving from that one can see that the moon and the sea are completely opposite to each other yet they are woven together in the broader picture The moon will not be complete without the sea just as the sea will have no tides without the moon both supplementing each other The theme of the union of the two opposites is symbolized by the moon and the sea The fusion of the sea and the moon can also be reflected upon the characters Anaya intelligently mixes the blood of Marez the people of the sea together with the blood
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