Antonio’s dream of Rosie’s house, a local brothel, reveals his conflicting thoughts in becoming a priest and forebodes the sinful ways of his brothers. From the beginning of the novel, there has always been a certain assumption that Antonio will become a priest and follow in the footsteps of his mother’s family. His mother, who is a continual source of guidance and support, relentlessly reminds him that his future lies in priesthood. “You will be like my brothers. You will be a Luna, Antonio. You will be a man of the people, and perhaps a priest” (9). Furthermore, when the family goes to visit El Puerto, the town of his mother’s relatives, Antonio is reminded again of this family duty. Uncle Juan comments...
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...erything I believed in was destroyed. [I cried], ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me!’” (244) Thus, readers understand that Ultima’s death has the greatest impact on Antonio as she guided him through the pitfalls of his youth. Her death truly brings an end to the chapter of his childhood.
As an avenue to predict the future and gain insight into his mind, Antonio’s dreams provide more depth to his character. His dreams reveal his dilemma with priesthood, the sinful ways of his brothers, his struggles in coping with death. His dreams reveal the real Antonio, usually hidden behind the expectations of tomorrow. As Paracelsus wisely puts it, “That which the dream shows is the shadow of such wisdom as exists in man, even if during his waking state he may know nothing about it...We do not know it because we…are asleep in regard to that which is real within ourself.”
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