Antonio’s Adventure to Adulthood

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Antonio’s Adventure to Adulthood Many tragedies and evil events happen throughout the story. Antonio’s family has great expectations for Tony and he must choose to be his mother’s priest or his father’s son. Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya is the story of a young boy, Tony, who is faced with the decision to choose what he will be when he grows up; he experiences many hardships as he grows up and learns from these events. Antonio wants to know why his parents are so different from each other. For example, Ultima explains to Tony what his family’s expectations are when Tony asks, "Why are they so strange and quiet? And why are my father's people so loud and wild?" She answered. "It is the blood of the Lunas to be quiet… And it is the blood of the Marez to be wild,” (41). Antonio knows both sides of his family; he learns that his parents are like polar opposites and by siding with one, he will be distanced from the other. Having to choose will end up causing trouble for Tony and he knows that he is not yet ready to choose. Tony is ambivalent about his decision to choose what he will be when he grows up when his parents talk about him, “Antonio is a mere child, almost 7 years old, and he must choose how he will live his life later on. Antonio's fraternal line is filled with vaqueros who traveled the llano and did not like to settle down,” (41). Antonio's mother is hopeful that one day he will become a priest, however, his Marez heritage, akin to the sea, from his father’s side is unstable and roving. Antonio is very young; he can’t be mature enough to make a choice and must grow up before he makes his decision. Antonio’s parents have their own expectations for him, but Antonio still has much to learn before he makes his choice. In Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, Antonio is a boy that learns from his family. Antonio’s family has great expectations for Tony and

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