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The old healer Ultima lives and teaches the moral system
that the novel espouses. Antonio’s relationship with Ultima is the
most important bond in the novel. Ultima acts as Antonio’s mentor
and helps him cope with his anxieties and uncertainties. Ultima
claims a spiritual connection to Antonio that manifests its power
in Chapter 1, when Antonio dreams of Ultima
burying his afterbirth to keep his destiny secret from the arguing
families of his parents. By presenting herself as the keeper of
his destiny, Ultima immediately establishes a central role in Antonio’s
psyche. Ultima uses her unique position of influence with
benevolence, preferring to teach Antonio to think for himself rather
than indoctrinating him with her own sense of morality.
Like Antonio, Ultima is grounded in both the indigenous
and Catholic traditions. She understands that life and spirituality
can be viewed in many different and equally valid ways. Although
the Catholic church does not recognize her mystical powers, Ultima respects
the wisdom of the Catholic faith and attends mass regularly. Her
appreciation for multiple faiths and perspectives bolsters her conviction
that each person must make independent moral decisions, rather than
blindly trust any single authority. Ultima tries to instill in Antonio
the same tolerance, independence, and open-mindedness that define
her faith and outlook. This view compels Ultima to treat Antonio
with understanding and respect, even when he is a small and obedient
child. Rather than force Antonio to help her with Lucas’s exorcism,
for instance, Ultima clearly explains what is at stake and allows
Antonio to make his own decision. At the end of the novel, on her
deathbed, Ultima treats Antonio as her spiritual heir, asking him
to bury the owl that has symbolized her life force throughout the
book. Though Ultima dies, her spirit and her influence will guide
Antonio throughout his life.
Ace your assignments with our guide to Bless Me, Ultima!