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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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Antonio's vivid dreams in Bless Me, Ultima reveal the conflicts he is experiencing in his young yet dramatic life. The first vivid dream recounted in the novel is about the Virgin of Guadalupe and the children who await in limbo. In this dream we see Antonio's subconscious dealing with the conflict that began with his birth. His parents pull him in two distinct directions—his mother towards the earthy farm life and his father towards the free-spirited rancher life. Ultima, his mentor, ultimately helps him resolve this conflict as he learns to reconcile opposing expectations, but the dream sets up this basic conflict and its significance to him early on in the novel. Subsequent dreams reveal his fear for his brothers and for their physical safety as well as their spiritual safety. His dream regarding his brother's trip to the brothel reveals his deep concern with his own loss of innocence. The dream about the Golden Carp, where he sees the creature devour the world, points to his...

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