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What do Antonio's dreams reveal about him? How do they change as he matures in Bless Me, Ultima?

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In Bless Me, Ultima, Antonio’s dreams provide a framework for his growth in the story. Antonio’s dreams center on religion and identity, two of the critical issues he navigates in the story. Bless Me, Ultima takes place in New Mexico in the late 1940s, and the story revolves around the Hispanic culture present in New Mexico at the time.

Antonio struggles with his self-conception in the novel. He is torn between the worlds and desires of his parents. His mother is a Luna, and his father is a Marez. Each has expectations for how their son will turn out. Antonio’s father and brothers follow the lonely life of a cowboy of the llano, while his mother expects him to follow her family and become a priest in the Roman Catholic Church. His idea of personal identity is deeply tied to his conception of religion. His father is represented by the wild llano and, in turn, the pagan Golden Carp deity. His mother is represented by the structure and safety of the Catholic Church and, in turn, the...

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