Chicano Peoples and Cultural Identity Analytical Essay by Nicky

A study of Rudolfo Anaya's 'Bless Me, Ultima', and Tomas Rivera's 'And The Earth Did Not Part', focusing on the issue of cultural identity.
# 145245 | 3,354 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses that it is not possible to read Rudolfo Anaya's 'Bless Me, Ultima', and Tomas Rivera's 'And The Earth Did Not Part' without coming to the realization that cultural identity - education, family, and spiritual acculturation - has greatly influenced in a very real sense in the lives of the Chicano peoples along the southern borders of the U.S. This paper highlights the powerful narrative efforts of both authors, bringing special attention to the economic, historical, social and regional influences that play a dramatic role in these characters, their families and their communities.

From the Paper:

"Anaya's novel actually grabs the alert reader and takes him into the world where the Latino family's traditional interests - including the spiritual and sacred interests - blend with the secular world. World War II has just concluded in this story, which takes place in the small town of Guadalupe in eastern New Mexico. Tony Marez is just six years old when the story begins, but he grows up fast and goes through his maturation period with plenty of conflicts and challenges to confront.
"Tony Marez sees his brothers come home from the war then leave again, because they are too bored with the very small town. This hurts him because he idolizes them. The skill in which Anaya brings out the cultural influences that are part of Tony's growing up, and takes readers along for the ride, is superb. Tony also has older sisters in the house and an older woman named Ultima arrives in the house who was the midwife for Tony's mother during his birth and during the births of his two sisters."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Anaya, Rudolfo A. Bless Me, Ultima. Berkeley: Tonatiuh International Inc., 1972
  • Rivera, Tomas. And The Earth Did Not Part. Berkeley: Editorial Justa Publications, Inc., 1976.

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