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How does the golden carp affect Tony's feelings towards the catholic religion?

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flaka12 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 4, 2007 at 9:12 AM via web

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How does the golden carp affect Tony's feelings towards the catholic religion?

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janeyb | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted April 4, 2007 at 9:34 AM (Answer #1)

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The Golden Carp forces Tony to question his mother's Christian God.

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bmadnick | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 1, 2007 at 12:32 AM (Answer #2)

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Seeing the Golden Carp makes Antonio question everything he has been taught by his mother about the Catholic religion. He already has so many questions about life, such as why bad things happen to good people and why bad people aren't punished. After seeing the Golden Carp, his Christian God isn't able to cure his Uncle Lucas, but Ultima is able to save him. The priest had refused to help. Antonio is confused and wonders whether the Christian God cares. Later, Antonio decides Florence, his friend who doesn't believe in God, should see the Golden Carp because maybe Florence could believe in the latter. Florence dies before Antonio and Cico get the chance to show him.

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