His hope is that God will reveal answers when he first takes Holy Communion. He dreams of the Black Mass and sees Ultima lying in a coffin, a scene foreshadowing Ultima's death and preparing Antonio for her loss, as well as for the acceptance of death, which comes for all. Through out all of Tony's dreams the most significannot symbol is the Golden Carp. However, the Golden Carp will always save those people and never let them get hurt. The powers of Ultima are magical in nature but her spirituality is real and presents her belief in various religious values. An experience that gives Antonio a different outlook on life is being raised in Guadalupe. Next morning, the family travels to El Puerto to help with the harvest; Gabriel accompanies them.
Antonio finds refuge in the company of Ultima. The journey Tony goes through is steered predominantly by three major elements traditionally, in Catholicism, anciently, in The Golden Carp, and supernaturally, in Ultima as a curandera. While burying the owl, Antonio comments that he is burying Ultima. Moreover, Maria chooses to shape her dream as she sees fit: instead of telling Antonio that the Luna priest was also the father, she creates a holier vision of a priest who remains physically pure. It is a flat valley that reveals adobe houses and a peaceful village. With choices about his religion, Antonio no longer relies on his parents to choose, but chooses for himself.
He becomes increasingly frustrated by the failure of the church to explain the most pressing questions about morality and human experience. Now their souls wandered around the ranch. Antonio, who was following Christian beliefs, as his mother had wished for him, seems to be influenced by the golden carp and its magical powers. He realizes that this is a given part of maturation, and that he can still hold integrity without innocence. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education 4:3 2004. The reason for this is to show the culture of the characters in the novel.
He does not like Tony very much and teases him every chance he gets. This is what I expected God to do at my first Holy Communion! Antonio believes that this carp is a peacemaker. As his enlightenment progresses, he realizes there are different views on how the world operates, and he struggles to decide which is the true one. A mob gathers, demanding Ultima's blood. He promises to become a priest if Andrew is saved, but God will not hear the voice of someone who has golden idols. He then tries to kill Tony while telling him what he plans to do to Ultima. Antonio is aware of Lupito's actions and loses the innocence the men on the bridge have.
The memory of his death stays with Tony throughout the novel and causes him to think about the difference between good and evil and forgiveness. Near the end of the novel, Anaya explains that the goodness of a person is determined solely by his or her actions. It is the story of a young boy named Antonio Márez y Luna, an outside spectator who is contemplative of many things. Seeing him made questions and worries evaporate, and I remained transfixed, caught and caressed by the essential elements of sky and earth and water. I'm going to kill you, you jerk! His fight with Ernie demonstrates his willingness to defend not only his own views but also those persons whom he loves. She acts as the defender of her community by saving people suffering from curses of black magic and by ridding evil from the community.
Each parent has deeply rooted cultural convictions. Sure, there are some awesome movies that might make your summer a bit less boring, and there are amazing works of art that can capture your imagination for a while. Anaya said that his grandmother, La Grande was special force in his life and that she was believed to be a curandera paralleling to Ultima. It destroys the entire world so that it can be reborn. Thus he grows to understand things that adults talk about.
As the novel progresses, however, Tony loses his innocence because of the many deaths he sees. Eventually Tenorio leaves, threatening to kill Narciso and Ultima. The main character is Antonio. The bird calls out warnings when danger approaches and rips out Tenorio's eye when he threatens Ultima. Another symbol that the golden carp represents is of beauty and peace.
In this way he has come to make even more choices. Settings The Llano— The land of the Marez, the vaqueros. Unfortunately, as Cico and Tony prepare to take Florence to see the golden carp, Florence dies in a swimming accident before they can do so. During the conflict Antonio experiences many vivid dreams, which are considered motifs in the work. Three symbols that are used often are weather, water, and the Golden Carp. Ultima makes Antonio realize that all are one in the world which is beyond the contrasting cultures of his parents. One night, one of Ultima's friends, the town drunk Narciso, comes to warn her: One of Tenorio's evil daughters has died, and Tenorio blames Ultima.