Biography - Rudolfo Anaya was born on October 30, 1937. In New Mexico. - Soon after he was born Anaya's family moved to Santa Rosa, Mexico, where Anaya spent the next fourteen years. - His fiction draws heavily on the superstitions and myths of the Mexican-American culture that commingled with the traditions of the Roman Catholic Faith. - Spanish was spoken in the home, and Anaya was not introduced to English until he went to school. - Life in Santa Rosa gave Anaya a sense of security and belonging that was torn from him when his family moved to Albuquerque in 1952. - After graduating from Albuquerque high school in 1956, Anaya attended a business school. - When his studies proved unfulfilling, he enrolled in the University of New Mexico, where he began writing fiction (for himself). - In 1966, he married Patricia lawless. - Over a period of seven years, Anaya completed his first novel Bless me, Ultima. - Finally in 1972, a group of editors accepted the book. The Story: - The main theme is multiculturalism. - The protagonists are the children. - Narrative Technique: The story is written in first person narrator. - Characters: - Miss Violet (round character). - Children (round characters, protagonist). Plot: - Exposition: when the children where preparing for the play. - Rising Action: When the boys started to act very badly. - Climax: started when the boys made a huge mess on the stage. - Falling Action: the students (audience) left the room and it became quiet. - Resolution: schoolhouse became like a tomb without the kids.