Is Ultima a witch or not?

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The Salem witch trails proved to be a testament to mankind's capacity for

superstition. Women who differed from the bourgeoisie standards for a typical

woman were persecuted and sentenced to death-- eternal outcasts of society.

Similarly, in Rudolfo Anaya's Bless Me, Ultima, Ultima is accused of witchcraft due to her possession of healing powers. One could state that anyone who possesses such a power should be characterized as a witch; however, in Ultima's case, she uses this power for good. Ultima is not a sorceress simply because she has not mastered the powers of witchcraft but rather the secrets of healing.

Although Ultima possesses special powers, she uses her magic for good. For example, when Antonio comes home devastated from witnessing Lupito's death, Ultima gathers her strength to lift [Antonio] in her arms and carry [him] into her room with a new potion, she [washes] the cuts on [his] face and feet  (25). Ultima does not blame Antonio for slipping out of the house to view the encounter the community had with Lupito. Instead, she calms Antonio with her soothing voice... Continue Reading