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In Bless Me, Ultima, what do Antonio's dreams reveal about his personality, his fears, and his desires?

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM (Answer #1)

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Antonio often dreams of two things: disasters that involve his family and visions of self-empowerment.

He also dreams of the past - witnessing his own birth - and in these dreams there is an atmosphere of profound and even cosmic misgiving. Something terrible seems to stand behind these dreams. 

The terror, however, can be interpretted simply as a boy's fears of powerlessness in a world of adults, fears of leaving expectations unfulfilled, and a sense that fate and the future are rapidly approaching. 

Through his dreams, Tony sees a combination of the past and the future, and he seems to be working out his understanding of the events in his life.

The dreams clearly show that Antonio's family is very important to him. They also reveal his special ability and insights into the spiritual side of things, showing his sensitivity in this area. Finally, his dreams suggest Antonio's significant insecurity. He feels that his family is threatened by forces from within and from without.

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