Bless Me, Ultima

Describe the conflict Antonio is ecperiencing with regard to God and the Catholic Religion.

Be as thurough as you can, but be sure to include in your answer the roles played by both myth of the golden carp and by Ultima in his experience of religion.

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As Antonio feels the loss of his innocence, he looks to religion to answer his concerns. He hopes that his first communion will finally answer all of his questions but is disappointed when God remains silent to him. Feeling betrayed by the Christian God, Antonio looks to the Golden Carp and Ultima’s skills to help him reconcile his loss of innocence with his development as a young man. Antonio's mother associates the loss of innocence with sin and corruption, but Antonio eventually understands that loss of innocence is a crucial part of growing up.