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Throughout the novel Bless Me Ultima there are many allusions which dominate the work to enhance the meaning In the first few chapters Hurston introduces the characters and the good of Ultima Antonio also begins to form a stronger bond with her over the summer by studying her techniques with plants Later in the novel Antonio begins to question his relationship with God This is also the part where Antonio learns his mothers dream for him to become a priest Once I told my mother about my dreams and she said they were visions of God and she was happy because her own dreams was that I should grow up and become a priest In chapter one Antonio takes his first steps toward his loss of innocence The brown water would be stained with blood forever and ever and ever Lupitos death is the first time that he is faced with death and begins his questioning of God Antonio also attends school for the first year briefly described and rather unimportant he skips from first to second grade making his mother proud for his studies and helping to reinforce her dreams of him becoming a priest 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daughters performing devil worship in the woods and in return the daughters placed a curse on his hair When the curse was revoked by Ultima it went into effect against the daughters and as they began to die Tenerio went into an evil rage against the powers of Ultima Antonio was then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 influence of god within his life and the new power behind the carp The second time that
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