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In "Bless Me, Ultima," what connotations are attached to the owl?

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britsman | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 13, 2008 at 6:05 AM via web

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In "Bless Me, Ultima," what connotations are attached to the owl?

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jgomezada | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted November 13, 2008 at 6:37 AM (Answer #1)

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In "Bless Me, Ultima," the owl symbolizes Ultima's soul. It is a benign spirit that accompanies Tony whenever Ultima cannot and warns of trouble to come. To Tony and Ultima's other friends, the owl has a positive connotation: protection, goodness, and wisdom.

However, the townsfolk see the owl as proof that Ultima is a witch. They believe it to be her familiar, an evil animal that serves its wicked master. To Ultima's enemies, the owl has a negative connotation: evil, witchery, and malevolence.

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