Should he decide his own future no matter what the consequences are?
Should he become a farmer or a priest as his mother wanted?
Moreover, not only his faith is the question but also his background. His father is a Marez, family of the Llano, wanderers and vaqueros who come from the conquistadores, men of the sea.
She would simply bless him and suddenly he would feel a power through him that would make him almost faint.
Gabriel never gets accustomed to the life in the city. In the same way, Antonio goes to school, He does not understand English, and therefore does not understand the kids in the school.
Gabriel blames the Texans, (Americans), over and over again for putting fences across his llano, across his freedom. The Identification and Analysis of Chicano Literature. At he same time, Antonio is going to school across the bridge, to an American school. Talking about his families Antonio says: "I love them both, and yet I am of neither (Anaya, 38). In a way, his freedom , his culture and understanding of life do not make sense anymore. The reason is simple: there were other kids like him in school. ", "The hot beans flavored with chicos and green chile were muy sabrosos". It was shocking to Antonio that his friends were no longer dark skinned with dark eyes and hair. Furthermore, he drinks more and more, and looks forward to the visitors of the llano who come to his house once in a while to remember old stories. He knows that the kids are laughing at him because of the way he speaks, the way he behaves, the way he looks and the things he eats. Carl and Paula Shirley condense their presentation of Bless Me, Ultima by simply mentioning the story line of the book: She (Ultima) is present from the boy's earliest experiences growing up, family conflict, school, religion, evil and death... (Tom Miller, xii) In the same way, Anaya's description of Antonio's life represents ironies and contradictions, first in a main cultural collision of Mexican and Anglo culture, family structure and language; and then, in more deep levels of religion, and basic understanding of oneself. It is even hard to find where the changes in his behavior take place, due to Rudolfo's smooth literary transitions. Tom Miller says that: Ironies and contradictions thrive on the border between the US and Mexico, a region that does not adhere to the economic, ethical, political, or cultural standards of either country (...) It is a third country of its own, its own food, its language, its music (...) It is a colony onto itself, long and narrow, ruled by two faraway powers. There is a two level explanation for this chapter: first, we have to remember that Antonio's father Gabriel was a men of the llano, a vaquero who thought that freedom is the most important thing in anyone's life. Toward a promised land: La frontera as a myth and reality in ballad and song. This is one of the most important aspects of his cultural development as well as our main point in identifying a border culture. It is Ultima who lets Antonio get close to her, and therefore, meaning that she, the old and traditional, gives permission to the new to bond with her. Antonio does not look for this bondage with Ultima.