Applies principles of Milton Mayeroff's book to coming-of-age novel "BLESS ME, ULTIMA." Discusses how relationships and different types of caring affect decisions young Antonio makes regarding his future. Plot. Characters. Impact of Ultima on Antonio and the community. Examines all aspects of caring and individual responsibilities.
The book, On Caring (1971), by Milton Mayeroff, discusses the role of caring in everyday life, and how caring is often an exchange of give and take.... more
The book, On Caring (1971), by Milton Mayeroff, discusses the role of caring in everyday life, and how caring is often an exchange of give and take. Specifically, in order to receive love, one must be able to give love, and sometimes, it is more generous to accept the caring given to you than it is to refuse it. Bless Me, Ultima (1972), by Rudolfo Anaya, is a good example of the different types of caring that can happen in a small community. It is the coming of age story of a young boy, Antonio Marez Juan y Luna, and how his relationship with his family and the curandera, Ultima, effect the decisions that he will make regarding the rest of his life. This paper will use the book, On Caring, to understand and interpret some of those caring relationships in Bless Me, Ultima.
As the story opens in New Mexico during World War II, the