What do the jackets symbolize when Antonio pretends to be a priest?
When Antonio pretends to be a priest, the other kids put their jackets and sweaters on him. The jackets act as a weight and pressure on Antonio. They symbolize the pressure he feels to become a priest and the burden of religion. Antonio does not feel comfortable in the game he plays in his role as priest. He repeatedly thinks that he wants to take the jackets off. He feels hot and heavy under the weight of the jackets, which represent the pressure he’s felt his whole life to join the fold of the priesthood.
Does Antonio’s first communion meet his expectations? Why or why not?
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