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Introduction and background information. Learning Targets * Students will learn background about the setting of a novel. * Students will learn and apply several archetypes to known information. Bless Me, Ultima By Rudolfo Anaya.

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bless me ultima by rudolfo anaya

Introduction and background information

Learning Targets

* Students will learn background about the setting of a novel.* Students will learn and apply several archetypes to known information.

Bless Me, Ultima By Rudolfo Anaya


New Mexico was originally inhabited by the Navajo, Pueblo, and Apache tribes. It was next settled by Spaniards and Mexicans who migrated from Mexico. New Mexico was ceded to the United States in 1848. It is the 47th state, admitted in 1912. The official

languages are Spanish and English.

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a rchetypes

Universal symbols, motifs or themes that may be found among many different cultures.

Archetypes are everywhere!

  • Birth-death-resurrection; creation; purification and redemption; fertility and growth.
  • Sea/ocean: the mother of all life; spiritual mystery; death and/or rebirth; timelessness and eternity.
  • Rivers: death and rebirth (baptism); the flowing of time into eternity; transitional phases of the life cycle.
  • Can symbolize strength and power. It can also show stability, hardness and endurance.
  • Creative energy; thinking, enlightenment, wisdom, spiritual vision.(fire and sky are closely related)
  • Rising sun: birth, creation, enlightenment.
  • Setting sun: death
  • Red: blood, sacrifice, passion; disorder.
  • Green: growth, hope, fertility.
  • Blue: highly positive; secure; tranquil; spiritual purity.
  • Black: darkness, chaos, mystery, the unknown, death, wisdom, evil, melancholy.
  • White: light, purity, innocence, timelessness; [negative: death, terror, supernatural]
  • Yellow: enlightenment, wisdom.
  • 3 - light, spiritual awareness, unity (the Holy Trinity); male principle.
  • 4 - associated with the circle, life cycle, four seasons; female principle, earth, nature, elements.
  • 7 - the most potent of all symbolic numbers signifying the union of three and four, the completion of a cycle, perfect order, perfect number; religious symbol.
wise old man or woman
Wise old Man(or woman):
  • Savior, redeemer, guru, representing knowledge, reflection, insight, wisdom, intuition, and morality.
  • Paradise, innocence, unspoiled beauty.
  • Denotes life of the cosmos; growth; proliferation; symbol of immortality
  • Spiritual aridity; death; hopelessness.
  • Spring - rebirth; genre/comedy.
  • Summer - life; genre/romance.
  • Fall - death/dying; genre/tragedy.
  • Winter - without life/death; genre/irony.
the great fish
The great fish
  • Divine creation/life.
research topics look up your assigned topic we will share these out on wednesday
Research topics- Look up your assigned topic. We will share these out on Wednesday.
  • Rudolfo Anaya
  • Curandera
  • La Virgen de Guadalupe
  • Bruja/Brujo
  • Magical Realism
  • Bildungsroman
  • Chicano Movement