Gabriel Márez and Maria Luna — Tony's parents. Aztlán reocupada: A political and cultural history since 1945: the influence of Mexico on Mexican American society in post war America. Her past is also somewhat mysterious. In his teens, Anaya suffered a serious swimming injury that left him temporarily paralyzed. At this point, Antonio begins to doubt his destiny of becoming a priest.
She passes along her knowledge to him, and she instructs him in the ways of nature and what it means to simply grow up. Although many people think she is a witch, her use of herbs, medicine, and scapular show that she is merely just a curandera. University Microfilms International: Ann Arbor, Michigan. Up to the point where Ultima visits, Antonio has it in his mind that it is his destiny to become a priest. The Town- A busy place filled with both good and evil. At each turn in his life there is Ultima who will nurture the birth of his soul. GradeSaver, 27 June 2008 Web.
With these words you find the meaning of the title. As a naturalist, I enjoyed the natural thread that runs through the book. She is also a figure of mystery. A committee made up of two students, two teachers, and two parents unanimously voted to keep the novel in the curriculum. Can't say I experienced Tony's culture, but I was certainly able to place myself in the setting and love that child character mo I found this to be one of those books where the ending was stronger than the beginning. Over the course of her struggles with Tenorio, she comes to understand that, even though she has always used her powers to help those in need, she has still meddled with the affairs of other men, and this has thrown the world out of balance. Why couldn't he just say it was dawn? With her Antonio visits the sick and begins to grasp a connection between healing and nature even though he never receives an explicit scientific or grounded explanation for how she foretells future occurrences, heals the infirm, combats witches through casting spells, or when and why she decides not to intervene.
He told her to do good works with her powers but to avoid interfering with a person's destiny. The winter passes with the family all together, but Antonio senses that his brothers are beginning to feel restless. While my college Spanish is rusty, I have plowed through the book and delighted in the childish dreams and fantasies expressed by Antonio. The experiment of child cannot be aborted, and sometimes the Experiment fails when he or she chooses the wrong path. Andrew is the only one who has decided to stay, and he tells Antonio that he will study for his high school diploma and get a job in town. Anaya: Focus on criticism pp. What revelation can I share that won't simply be lost in the flood? He begins to question the value of the Catholic Church, concentrated on the and a Father God, and on , as unable to answer his moral and metaphysical dilemmas.
Lloyd enjoys reminding everyone that they can be sued for even the most minor offenses. Not long afterward, a curse is laid on his home. When they return home, they suffer post-traumatic stress as a result of the war. Florence's active, vocal questioning of Catholic orthodoxy is partly a result of his own difficult past; both of Florence's parents are dead, and his sisters have become prostitutes. Ernie is a braggart who frequently teases Antonio. It represents life and it surrounds the town.
This makes him open to the lessons of Ultima and the revelations of Cico and Samuel about the living spirit of the earth. Back at school, Antonio continues to excel in his studies and, by the end of the year, he has improved so much that he is promoted to the third grade. Tenorio Trementina and his three daughters — Tenorio is a malicious -keeper and barber in El Puerto. For example: In chapter 2, Antonio is distraught when he witnesses the murder of Lupito and Ultima uses her natural medicine to heal him. Anaya: Focus on criticism pp.
In additional ways Anaya's family and that of his young protagonist parallel: Both Rafaelita's first and second husbands were vaqueros cowboys who preferred life riding horses, herding cattle and roaming the llano, as did Antonio's father, Gabriel. Ultima who comes to live with Antonio becomes his caretaker and his teacher. He tries many different ways to defeat Ultima but fails. The Vitamin Kid is the fastest runner in Guadalupe. They go off to fight the War and come back grown men with their own dreams and beliefs.
Antonio excels in her class, and she promotes him to the third grade at the end of the year. Narciso demonstrates a strong appreciation for the richness of the earth —his garden is a lush masterpiece full of sweet vegetables and fruits. She goes to live with Antonio Marez, a young boy who lives in the llano with his parents and two sisters due to the fact that she cannot live by herself and had nowhere to stay. Ultima also teaches him about the healing powers of the plants. He is the one who challenges Tenorio when Tenorio speaks badly against Ultima, but soon enough, his home is cursed.
Now I know that some people really enjoy a poetic book and I think that in some stories it works very well but in my opinion this is not one of them. I was sad when the story ended. In the legend of the Golden Carp, it says the sins of the people will make this town sink into the earth and be covered by water. As for this book, I actually was engaged and determined to finish. Anaya said that his grandmother, La Grande was special force in his life and that she was believed to be a curandera paralleling to Ultima. He nostalgizes his past on the llano and cannot find comfort in his present life. Antonio will always have more questions than answers.