Bless Me, Ultima Antonio's Maturity

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Momcilo Latinovic
ENG 318
May 3, 2012
Daniel Martinez
Grown Little Man



Children in many countries and cultures are put in the situations that seem different to us. They are forced to grow up and mature much faster and make life long decisions. "The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt." This quote is by Max Lerner. The things that kids go through to enter maturity can be complicated. Their task is to come across themselves, and grow into the mature person they will become. There are facing some difficult journeys filled with new things, difficult situations, confusion, and a loss of childhood innocence. The novel Bless Me, Ultima, written by Rudolfo Anaya, is about Antonio Marez, a young boy who has to make his way into maturity and in doing so he deals with some things that are not common for a boy his age. Antonio becomes emotionally mature from crying about deaths to staying tough when he sees the decease, intellectually mature by showing how intelligent he becomes and physically mature by changing in size and strength.
For example, Antonio is the reason for many of his parent’s arguments that occur. They fight over what Antonio would be when he is older. This is not something usual for a seven years old kid. Most kids his age are spoiled by their parents and family and all they do is play with the other kids and just have fun. However, Antonio is stuck between two fires and he is thinking about what he wants to become, due to his parents arguments.
Antonio’s mother wanted him to be extremely intelligent, and she wanted him to be a priest when he grows up. She said “An education will make him scholar, like-like the old Luna priest.”(57) The reason why she wanted that is because she wasn’t very educated so she tried to live her life through…...

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