In "Flowering Judas," explain the climax of the story.

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The climax of this story comes at the end of this tale, where Laura experiences a dream involving Eugenio, the man who committed suicide with the sleeping pills that she brought to him. The dream, or rather the nightmare, that Laura experiences, serves to highlight both her extreme isolation as well as her inability to love. Note how Eugenio refuses to take her hand in this dream to lead her away, and gives her instead flowers from the Judas tree that Laura knows are symbols of love. Note how this is described:

Then eat these flowers, poor prisoner, said Eugenio in a voice of pity, take and eat: and from the Judas tree he stripped the warm bleeding flowers, and held them to her lips. She saw that his hand was fleshless... but she ate the flowers greedily for they satisfied both hunger and thirst.

Eugenio's response to this is to call her a "Cannibal" and a "Murderer," and to say the phrase "This is my body and my blood," which clearly links the eating of the flowers to the act of communion, which is thought in Catholicism to represent the eating of Christ's body and the drinking of his blood. This highlights the many contraditions in Laura's life. She is a Catholic, and secretly goes to mass, and yet she is in Mexico to serve a Revolution that opposes Catholicism explictly. She shows an inability to love, and yet she is secretly pleased that the revolutionary to whom she gave the Judas flower continues to pursue her. She is an isolated figure who is unable to reach out and make contact with others, symbolised by Eugenio's refusal to take her hand, and she is trapped with her irreconcilable contradictions, left in Mexico to serve a cause that she is at best ambiguous about. This climax thus highlights the various contraditions within the character of Laura and the alienated position that she occupies.

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