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Antonio Marez Wise Before His Time A religious struggle only a few books dare to discuss the confusion surrounded by a religious awakening In Bless Me Ultima Rudolfo Anaya challenges standard religion and brings in different ideas through the perspective of a young and confused boy Due to the new ideas that he is introduced to the events that occur and his eagerness for knowledge lead Antonio to question his religious beliefs At the end of his struggle to understand the boy reaches the peace of mind he was seeking which makes him a postmodernist character Throughout the book Antonio is introduced to many new ideas The first is the experiences he has with Ultima She is sometimes called a bruja or witch this confuses Antonio because in his heart he knows Ultima represents good and not the evil she is sometimes blamed for Antonio learns some of the ways of Ultima and begins to understand his surroundings As the novel continues there is a stronger interpretation of Ultimas powers as she heals Antonios Uncle Lucas This is the beginning of good versus evil or god versus the devil Lucas had seen Tenerios daughters performing devil worship in the woods and in return the daughters placed a curse on his hair When the curse was revoked by Ultima it went into effect against the daughters and as they began to die Tenerio went into an evil rage against the powers of Ultima Antonio was then introduced to the Golden Carp and the story of the waters surrounding the town and its influence which also allows Antonio to question the in fluence of god within his life and the new power behind the carp The next revelation for Antonio is the myth of the golden carp Antonio learns about the golden carp from Cico a friend of his According to Cico the golden carp was once a god who loved the people
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