Bless Me, Ultima
by Rudolfo Anaya
Bless Me, Ultima Coming-of-Age Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Line)
But what hurt more was that I had witnessed for the first time the death of a man. (2.355-356)
How does violence define Antonio's journey from boyhood to manhood? Try tracing all the violent scenes throughout the novel.
The day dawned, and already the time of youth was fleeing the house which the three giants of my dreams had built. (3.1-2)
As Antonio grows up, the stories and myth-like quality of his past starts to crumble. He starts to see things for what they really are, which is often very unfun. Sure, while this might be a mark of coming-of-age, it's not necessarily a joyful occasion. In fact, for Antonio, the loss of innocence and youth is a cause for despair at times.
"You leave Antonio alone, please. Last night was hard for many men." (3.130-131)
Ultima is the only one who knows Antonio witnessed the killing of Lupito. More importantly, she is the only one that already considers Antonio a man. Others refer to him as a boy or even as a baby, but she knows better. Why does Ultima have such insight into Antonio even before he truly starts to come of age?