The Struggles of Antonio

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Bless Me, Ultima Essay
The Struggles of Antonio

In the beginning, Antonio is only six years old. He is at the center of a conflict between the Márez values of his father and the Luna beliefs of his mother. His father would love for him to become a cowboy, but his mother desperately wants him to become a priest. “ Once I had told my mother about my dreams, and she said they were visions from God and she was happy, because her own dream was that I should grow up an become a priest.” (4) All throughout the book he works as a helper to Ultima. “ We walked together in the llano and along the river banks to gather herbs and roots for her medicines.” (15) He takes in her wisdom concerning life and all of the things she does. As the story goes on, Antonio is torn between sin and morality and the truth about religion. “... I learned from her that there was a beauty in the time of day and in the time of night, and that there was peace in the river and in the hills.” (15) Eventually, he decides to find his own path in life and create his own religious faith.

There are many different conflicts Antonio has to face as a young child. For instance, the Luna and the Marez. The Luna side of the family are the farmers. They worship the earth and the moon and live along the river. The Marez side are the cowboys. They worship the sun and are all about their horses and roaming free across the lands. “The men of the llano were men of the sun. The men of the farms along the river were
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