1. stylistic /thematic tendencies, influences, affiliations, etc.: Rudolfo

1. Title/Author of work: “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya Publication Date : January 12, 1972
2. Genre (characteristics):
The genre for this book is fiction. Some characteristics are ; magical realism, coming of age, and philosophical literature.
3. Significance of title:
The significance of the title is that it refers to the last request of Antonio to Ultima.
4. Author’s Background: additional works, stylistic /thematic tendencies, influences, affiliations, etc.:
Rudolfo Anaya is an American writer who was born on October 30, 1937. He is known for the books such as, Bless Me Ultima , Heart of Aztlàn , and Tortuga. His thematic tendencies of his books are on Chicano themes about human condition. These books often reflect on experiences of Anaya’s childhood. Anaya was an advocate for multiculturalism and bilingualism, and often contributed to numerous Hispanic writings. In 2002, Anaya was awarded a National Medal of Arts.
5. Major theme:
The major theme for Bless Me, Ultima is loss of innocence. In the beginning of the book Antonio is unaware of the dangers and tragedies that happen in the world. Throughout the novel, he starts to become more aware of the good and evil. In the end of the novel, Antonio has lost his innocence but replaced it with understatement and maturity.
6. Minor themes and motifs:
The minor theme for Bless Me, Ultima is ethical independence. It’s ethical independence because throughout the novel Antonio tries to use religion to answer events that he doesn’t completely understand but it still doesn’t help him. This later on leads him to make his own decisions with the help of Ultima.
7. Significant character(s): (flat, round, static, dynamic, complex, protagonist, antagonist, etc.):
Antonio – Protagonist and Dynamic
Tenorio – Antagonist
Ultima – Confidante
Florence – Flat
8. Minor (but significant) character(s) and their function(s):
Gabriel and María Márez : Their both conflicting views on Antonio’s future makes it difficult for him to chose and accept their beliefs
Cico : Showed Antonio another belief system when seeing the golden carp, who is a pagan God
Lupito : His death provides the momentum in Antonio’s religious and moral questioning
Andrew, Eugene, and León Marez : Their leaving makes their parents be more expecting of Antonio’s future. After they leave for good they crush the dreams of their parents but set them straight on their dreams
9. Main setting(s) and significance:
10. Point of View:
The story is written in Antonio’s first person point of view.
11. Brief Synopsis/Conflicts:
12. Significant Symbolism (relevance?):
Ultima’s Owl is one of the significant symbolism in the book. Ultima’s owl is the soul of Ultima which means that they are magically linked. The owl also reflects Ultima’s violent and vengeful side to those who mean harm. It also is the protector of Antonio and spiritual mentor. Another significant symbolism is blood. The blood the was stained by the river from Lupito symbolizes the sins that the town has commited.
13. Comment on the following literary devices and provide a textual example:
Imagery:
Tone:
Diction:
Syntax:
Figurative Language:
Irony: (verbal, situational, dramatic, paradox, understatement, hyperbole):
14. Significant Quotation. Briefly explain significance.
“It will only end when blood is spilled.” This is important because it says that once someone wants revenge there will be no peaceful end to the conflict. The person won’t care what it takes to get revenge and will only stop until they avenge.
15. Create/answer 3 analytical questions to spark discussion:
1.
2.
3.

1. Title/Author of work: “Bless Me, Ultima” by Rudolfo Anaya Publication Date : January 12, 1972
2. Genre (characteristics):
The genre for this book is fiction. Some characteristics are ; magical realism, coming of age, and philosophical literature.
3. Significance of title:
The significance of the title is that it refers to the last request of Antonio to Ultima.
4. Author’s Background: additional works, stylistic /thematic tendencies, influences, affiliations, etc.:
Rudolfo Anaya is an American writer who was born on October 30, 1937. He is known for the books such as, Bless Me Ultima , Heart of Aztlàn , and Tortuga. His thematic tendencies of his books are on Chicano themes about human condition. These books often reflect on experiences of Anaya’s childhood. Anaya was an advocate for multiculturalism and bilingualism, and often contributed to numerous Hispanic writings. In 2002, Anaya was awarded a National Medal of Arts.
5. Major theme:
The major theme for Bless Me, Ultima is loss of innocence. In the beginning of the book Antonio is unaware of the dangers and tragedies that happen in the world. Throughout the novel, he starts to become more aware of the good and evil. In the end of the novel, Antonio has lost his innocence but replaced it with understatement and maturity.
6. Minor themes and motifs:
The minor theme for Bless Me, Ultima is ethical independence. It’s ethical independence because throughout the novel Antonio tries to use religion to answer events that he doesn’t completely understand but it still doesn’t help him. This later on leads him to make his own decisions with the help of Ultima.
7. Significant character(s): (flat, round, static, dynamic, complex, protagonist, antagonist, etc.):
Antonio – Protagonist and Dynamic
Tenorio – Antagonist
Ultima – Confidante
Florence – Flat
8. Minor (but significant) character(s) and their function(s):
Gabriel and María Márez : Their both conflicting views on Antonio’s future makes it difficult for him to chose and accept their beliefs
Cico : Showed Antonio another belief system when seeing the golden carp, who is a pagan God
Lupito : His death provides the momentum in Antonio’s religious and moral questioning
Andrew, Eugene, and León Marez : Their leaving makes their parents be more expecting of Antonio’s future. After they leave for good they crush the dreams of their parents but set them straight on their dreams
9. Main setting(s) and significance:
10. Point of View:
The story is written in Antonio’s first person point of view.
11. Brief Synopsis/Conflicts:
12. Significant Symbolism (relevance?):
Ultima’s Owl is one of the significant symbolism in the book. Ultima’s owl is the soul of Ultima which means that they are magically linked. The owl also reflects Ultima’s violent and vengeful side to those who mean harm. It also is the protector of Antonio and spiritual mentor. Another significant symbolism is blood. The blood the was stained by the river from Lupito symbolizes the sins that the town has commited.
13. Comment on the following literary devices and provide a textual example:
Imagery:
Tone:
Diction:
Syntax:
Figurative Language:
Irony: (verbal, situational, dramatic, paradox, understatement, hyperbole):
14. Significant Quotation. Briefly explain significance.
“It will only end when blood is spilled.” This is important because it says that once someone wants revenge there will be no peaceful end to the conflict. The person won’t care what it takes to get revenge and will only stop until they avenge.
15. Create/answer 3 analytical questions to spark discussion:
1.
2.
3.

1. About the Author. Professor Gulshan Dietl is an ICSSR Senior Fellow affiliated to the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses. She retired as a Professor at the School of International Studies, JNU, where she also served as the Director of the Gulf Studies Programme and the Chairperson of the Centre for West Asian and African Studies. Her other publications include ‘The Dulles Era: America Enters West Asia’ (1985), ‘Through Two Wars and Beyond: A Study of the Gulf Cooperation Council’ (1991), ‘Saudi Arabia: People, Politics and Policies’ (2006), ‘Contemporary Saudi Arabia and the Emerging Indo-Saudi Relations’ (2007), and Democracy and Democratization in the Gulf’ (2010). Her areas of fieldwork and academic research include international relations, domestic developments, foreign policies, and security issues in the Gulf and West Asia with special reference to democratisation, political Islam and energy. Her vast experience in the subject matter suitably qualifies her to write on the complexities of gas pipelines and the world trends, including its implications for India’s energy security.

2. About the Book. The book begins with the statement of problem that the gas pipelines which constitute an important aspect of strategic geography today, deserve a much closer look than what can be comprehended. The share of the natural gas, which is considered as the fuel of the 21st century, is continuously going up in the global energy basket. Presently, more than 90 percent of the gas produced worldwide and three-quarters of gas traded is distributed by pipelines. Incidentally, a gas pipeline is much more prone to political influences compared to oil, since gas is traded bilaterally and multilaterally between nations, and has no equivalent body like OPEC.

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3. The book further states that the control or access to the resources of the planet forms an important aspect of geopolitics. The gas pipelines are one of the coveted objects of the geopolitics since their value is three-fold: for the commodity they contain, as the containers of that commodity and as the carriers of the commodity. Therefore, natural gas which flows through international and intercontinental pipelines must necessarily be looked at from a global viewpoint.

4. The discussions in the book primarily revolve around the history and the geographical spread of the gas pipelines around the world. It also brings out the associative geographic relation in the distribution of the gas reserves from Qatar to Iran to Russia and now to the Mediterranean, where recent discovery of gas has been made. The author also highlights the position of the natural gas in comparison to the other two fossil fuels and elaborates upon the existing gas markets, which is now evolving from regional to global, due to technological advancements and market forces. Various stakeholders like the states, energy firms, scientists, engineers, investors, and bankers make up the entire gamut of the gas world. Neither the gas sellers and the gas buyers have been able to come together to form an exporters’ or buyers’ cartel so far. A committed investor, domestic politics in the countries involved, and the relations among the exporting, transiting and the importing countries have a bearing on the successful operation of the pipelines.

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