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"The Garden Lodge" by Willa Cather - Cather's “The Garden Lodge” is about a woman named Caroline Noble whose husband, Howard, asked her if she would like to demolish their old garden lodge and replace it with a summer house. The conflict in the story is Caroline is not sure if she wants to knock down the old garden lodge because it brings back memories of when opera singer Raymond d'Esquerre, spent a month at their place. The resolution is that Caroline decides to go on with building the summer house and demolishing the garden lodge....   [tags: Willa Cather]
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Location and Acquaintances in Willa Cather’s "Lucy Gayheart" - Different components of Willa Cather’s life influenced her novel Lucy Gayheart immensely. Living in the region and the time era that she did, her writing is considered to be local color literature. Many of the events took place in her home state, and Cather also spoke of many different places within the country. This influences the main character because when traveling between two diverse areas, Lucy’s lifestyle and mindset changes stereotypically. Also, there were people in Cather’s life that influenced characters in Lucy Gayheart and that shared many similarities with each other....   [tags: Willa Cather, Lucy Gayheart, place,] 732 words
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An Analysis of Paul's Case by Willa Cather - An Analysis of Paul's Case In "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather, a young man named Paul is unhappy with his home and school life. He is happiest when he is at Carnegie Hall, where he works as an usher. When he is not physically at Carnegie Hall, his thoughts remain there causing his school work to suffer. When his father finds out about his problems in school he has Paul banned from Carnegie Hall, taken out of school, and put to work. One day, while on his way to make the company's deposit, Paul decides to take some of the money and go to New York to experience the life he feels he was destined for....   [tags: Willa Cather] 296 words
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Antonia's Adulthood in Book V of Willa Cather's "My Antonia" - In "Book V" of Willa Cather's My Antonia, Jim Burden's memoirs come full circle and present interesting insights into the underlying tone as it relates to prominent themes from the novel. The revelation of Antonia Shimerda's adulthood as satisfying and fulfilling contrasts significantly with the nostalgic emptiness and longing for reconnection expressed by Jim. Furthermore, the ever-present effects of life's earliest memories and experiences are highlighted repeatedly as the context in which all subsequent experiences will be examined....   [tags: Willa Cather, My Antonia,] 1939 words
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An Analysis of the Main Theme Presented within Willa Cather’s text A Wagner Matinee - “I felt suddenly a stranger to all the present conditions of my existence, wholly ill at ease and out of place amid the surroundings of my study.” (Wagner, 654) When the United States is mentioned, there are a few places that immediately come to mind, places like Florida, Nevada, New York and California. There are a lot of places in the middle that often times tend to get left out, though the truth is that these places are the most important. Places like Nebraska and Wyoming are crucial pieces of the nation....   [tags: Willa Cather novel] 1010 words
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Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop Upon reading and reflecting on Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, I have a hard time classifying this piece of literature as a novel. Indeed, Death Comes for the Archbishop seems more like a collection of anecdotal stories than a novel of conventional form. Harmon and Holman's A Handbook to Literature says the term novel, is "used in its broadest sense to designate any extended fictional narrative" (350). While DCA certainly fits this most general of definitions, its unconventional structure -- the seeming lack of a general plot and obvious climax, its continual digressions from Bishop Latour's present to the anecdotal episodes of h...   [tags: Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop] 798 words
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Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop A novel should be something that is easy to define. One would expect the novel to have a plot, a central theme, a central character and a consistent style. The truth is that all of these things are important but not specifically necessary. Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop cannot be easily classified as a novel in normal terms. It lacks a central plot that carries the work from beginning to some sort of an ending. It does, however, contain central characters, themes, and a clearly consistent style, but the story that is told consists of small vignettes....   [tags: Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop]
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Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop - A Powerful Non-Novel Responding to the criticism that Death Comes for the Archbishop is not a novel, Willa Cather proposed that the work was a narrative. Her choice of the word narrative signifies that the structure of Death Comes for the Archbishop is closer to that of a biography. A narrative is a type of composition used to recount events over a period of time and can incorporate description as well plot, but it does not necessarily have to. Death Comes for the Archbishop follows the guidelines of a narrative in that it recounts the events of Father Latour's life, beginning when he is appointed to New Mexico and ending with his death....   [tags: Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop]
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Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop In a 1927 letter, Willa Cather wrote that her book, Death Comes for the Archbishop, that "many of the reviews of this book begin with the statement: 'This book is hard to classify.' Then why bother. Many more assert vehemently that it is not a novel. Myself, I prefer to call it a narrative." (On Writing 12). The questions pertaining to whether or not it is a novel or why does Cather herself call it a "narrative" can be strange ones. First, breaking down the question of if it was or wasn't a novel....   [tags: Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop] 425 words
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Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop: Novel and Narrative I found these definitions at an online guide to free online dictionaries: Main Entry: nar·ra·tive Pronunciation: 'nar-&-tiv Function: noun Date: 1566 1 : something that is narrated : STORY 2 : the art or practice of narration 3 : the representation in art of an event or story; also : an example of such a representation - narrative adjective - nar·ra·tive·ly adverb Main Entry: novel Function: noun Etymology: Italian novella Date: 1639 1 : an invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events 2 : the literary genre consist...   [tags: Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop] 580 words
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Willa Cather on Art - Willa Cather on Art “Style is how you write, and you write well when you are interested. A writer’s own interest in the story is the essential thing. If there is a flash of warmth in him it is repeated in the reader. The emotion is bigger than style. I don’t think there is anything in ideas. When a young writer tells me he has an idea for a story, he means he has had an emotion that he wants to pass on. An artist has an emotion, and the first thing that he wants to do with it is to find some form to put it in, a design....   [tags: Authors Willa Cather Art Artistic Papers] 1229 words
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The Business of Farming in Willa Cather's O Pioneers! - The Business of Farming in Willa Cather's O Pioneers. Willa Sibert Cather was born in Virginia, December 7, 1873. At the age of nine, Cather’s family moved to Nebraska. Willa fell in love with the country, with the waste prairies of the Nebraska. In her life, Willa worked for different journals and magazines and received many honorary degrees, even the Pulitzer Prize. Her literary life was extremely influenced by her childhood in the wild country. In her life story, I actually didn’t find any trace of doing a business relative to farming, or running a farm on her own....   [tags: Willa Cather Pioneers] 1159 words
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Characters versus Community in O Pioneers! by Willa Cather - Characters versus Community in O Pioneers. by Willa Cather In the novel O Pioneers. the author Willa Cather?s vision of Alexandra Bergson is consistent in character treatment with other authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne (Scarlet Letter), and Stephan Crane (Maggie: A Girl of the Streets). In each novel, all authors possess a central character that has an obvious tension between themselves and their community. Unlike the previous authors, Cather?s sympathies lie toward Alexandra. She makes Alexandra seem artificial because she has given a woman (also being her main character) strength and courage, along with power to overcome those who wish to pull her down....   [tags: Willa Cather Pioneers Essays] 1338 words
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Analysis of Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather - Analysis of Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather Lucy Gayheart is a young, spirited, intelligent music student from Havorford, on the South Platte River. In the winters, she attends a conservatory in Chicago, under the tutelage of Professor Auerbach. In Chicago, she lives in a room above a German bakery, where she takes her breakfasts and suppers. These small quarters do not distress her; indeed, she craves the solitude of her own will, her own piano, her own bed. She walks hungrily through Chicago, her appetite for life never disappointed by the thriving midwestern metropolis....   [tags: Lucy Gayheart Willa Cather Literature Essays] 504 words
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Analysis of Paul's Case by Willa Cather - Analysis of Paul's Case by Willa Cather Willa Cather’s “Paul’s Case” is a story about a young 16 year-old man, Paul, who is motherless and alienated. Paul’s lack of maternal care has led to his alienation. He searches for the aesthetics in life that that he doesn’t get from his yellow wallpaper in his house and his detached, overpowering father figure in his life. Paul doesn’t have any interests in school and his only happiness is in working at Carnegie Hall and dreams of one-day living the luxurious life in New York City....   [tags: Paul's Case Willa Cather Literature Essays] 1076 words
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Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop: Powerful Prose - Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop: Powerful Prose It is understandable that some early twentieth-century critics of Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop said that the "'book is hard to classify,'" and "that it is not a novel" (On Writing 12). At that time, novels generally were written with a recognizable structure, with character development as a focus and chronology as a central organizational strategy (Harmon 350). In Death Comes for the Archbishop the central character's changes are subtle and relational, while the chronology sometimes seems random and unpredictable....   [tags: Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop]
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Willa Cather's Death Comes to the Archbishop: A Narrative - Willa Cather's Death Comes to the Archbishop: A Narrative Though many reviewers of Willa Cather's, Death Comes to the Archbishop, had difficulty classifying the book, Cather herself preferred to call it a narrative rather than a novel. I tend to agree with Cather. One definition from Webster's New World College Dictionary defines "narrative" as "a story", which is then defined as, "the telling of a happening or connected series of happenings, whether true or fictitious". A novel on the other hand is defined as having, "a more or less complex plot or pattern of events." Where most books tend to follow certain guidelines as to plot, Cather chooses to take a different route....   [tags: Willa Cather's Death Comes to the Archbishop] 421 words
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Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop: A Narrative - Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop: A Narrative When one thinks of a novel, a word that usually will come to mind is fiction. In fact, other meanings for the word novel are new and unique. Although an author may use real places, real time, or base their story on real events in part, their outcome is essentially a creation. We, as readers, are in a sense captive to the writer's imagination and must conform to the rules of the worlds they create. If we accept this, then Willa Cather's piece Death Comes for the Archbishop must be seen as a narration, rather than a novel....   [tags: Willa Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop] 754 words
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Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament by Willa Cather - A Symbolic Perception Imagine being entrapped in a life that you did not feel you belonged in. That is the story of Paul in “Paul’s Case,” written by Willa Cather. He lived in a suburban home where everyone seemed the same and there was a feeling of despair. Paul, who was a young man, felt that his father, teachers and classmates misunderstood him and therefore were unworthy of his company. In the story there are many symbolic elements. Flowers, for instance, symbolize Paul’s personality and life....   [tags: Paul’s Case, Willa Cather]
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Mr. Shimerda's Suicide in Willa Cather's My Antonia - Mr. Shimerda's Suicide in Willa Cather's My Antonia My Antonia, by Willa Cather, is a novel about Jim Burden and his relationship and experiences growing up with Antonia Shimerda in Nebraska. Throughout the book Jim reflects on his memories of Nebraska and the Shimerda family, often times in a sad and depressing tone. One of the main ways Cather is able to provoke these sad emotions within the reader is through the suicide of Antonia’s father, Mr. Shimerda. His death was unexpected by everyone and it is thought that homesickness is what drove him to take his own life....   [tags: My Antonia Willa Cather Essays] 1212 words
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Willa Cather's Short Story Paul's Case - Willa Cather's Short Story "Paul's Case"      In Willa Cather’s short story Paul’s Case we learn of a young man who is fighting what he fears most: to be as common and plain as his world around him. How others perceive Paul only encourages him to fulfill his dream of escaping his monotonous lifestyle. Paul feels he is drowning in his everyday environment and his only breath of air is his savior: the theater.      Paul has very little interest in his class studies. This leaves him open to distraction and eventually criticism....   [tags: Willa Cather Paul's Case Essays]
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Willa Cather Describes Erotics of Place in her Novel, A Lost Lady - Willa Cather Describes Erotics of Place in her Novel, A Lost Lady To discover an erotics of place in Willa Cather's A Lost Lady, takes little preparation. One begins by simply allowing Sweet Water marsh to seep into one's consciousness through Cather's exquisite prose. Two paragraphs from the middle of the novel beckon us to follow Neil Herbert, now 20 years old, into the marsh that lies on the Forrester property. This passage, rich in pastoral beauty, embraces the heart of the novel-appearing not only at the novel's center point but enfolding ideas central to the novel's theme: An impulse of affection and guardianship drew Niel up the poplar-bordered road in the early light [....   [tags: Willa Cather, A Lost Lady]
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Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady - Captain Daniel Forrester - Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady - Captain Daniel Forrester      In Willa Cather’s A Lost Lady, Captain Daniel Forrester is a gardener at heart. His lifetime is spent encouraging growth, whether of railroads, personal lives or flowers. His philosophy is to dream “because a thing that is dreamed of in the way I mean is already an accomplished fact” (44). Close friends described the Captain as clearly looking like “… pictures of Grover Cleveland. His clumsy dignity covered a deep nature, and a conscience that had never been juggled with” (39)....   [tags: Willa Cather A Lost Lady] 1663 words
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Alexandra Bergman in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers - Alexandra Bergman in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers Works Cited Not Included Alexandra Bergman’s lack of self awareness allows others to forget that she is a woman and, at times, even human, which continuously builds the wall of isolation that surrounds her. As a result, when she reacts to situations as a woman would, rather than as “she” should, those around her don’t know what to make of it. Because she has been such a steady influence for so many years, those around her do not understand that perhaps she did have another dream besides working the land that she seems to care so deeply about....   [tags: Willa Cather O Pioneers Essays Papers] 2250 words
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Pauls Case The Movie Vs. Pauls Case The Short Story by Willa Cather - Pauls Case The Movie Vs. Pauls Case The Short Story by Willa Cather Sometimes in movie production a film is developed from a piece of literature. Directors will use the plot of a book either to create a unique movie, or to give the audience a chance to see what their favorite book is like when acted out on the screen. Willa Cather's "Paul's Case" is a good example of a work adapted to video. The movie has slight differences from the book, but the director Lamont Johnson follows the original closely....   [tags: Compare Contrast Paul's Case Willa Cather Essays] 933 words
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The Conflict Between Conformity and Individuality in Willa Cather's Paul's Case - The Conflict Between Conformity and Individuality in Willa Cather's Paul's Case Willa Cather’s “Paul’s Case,” displays the conflict between conformity and individuality through the main character, Paul. On a number of occasions, Paul is forced to lie and steal to escape the conformists who wish to control him and stifle his unique imagination. However, his lying, stealing, and attempts to escape the conformists, only force Paul into isolation, depression, and feeling a sense of shame for his individuality....   [tags: Willa Cather Paul's Case Society Essays] 1386 words
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Describing the Business of Farming in O Pioneers! by Willa Silbert Cather - Describing the Business of Farming in O Pioneers. by Willa Silbert Cather Willa Sibert Cather was born in Virginia, December 7, 1873. At the age of nine, Cather's family moved to Nebraska. Willa fell in love with the country, with the waste prairies of the Nebraska. In her life, Willa worked for different journals and magazines and received many honorary degrees, even the Pulitzer Prize. Her literary life was extremely influenced by her childhood in the wild country. In her life story, I actually didn't find any trace of doing a business relative to farming, or running a farm on her own....   [tags: O Pioneer Willa Silbert Cather Farming Essays] 1167 words
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The Life and Literature of Willa Cather - “The great characters in literature are born out of love, often out of some beautiful experience of the writer” (Brown 1). A number of novelists draw much of their inspiration for writing from stories they hear, places they have lived and visited, their childhood, and people they know and hear of in their lives. Willa Cather is no exception. The setting and places in Cather’s novels are derived from her travels, and where she lived. Cather’s earliest life experiences were also integrated into her writing....   [tags: Authors]
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A Lost Lady by Willa Cather - Mrs. Marian Forrester strikes readers as an appealing character with the way she shifts as a person from the start of the novel, A Lost Lady, to the end of it. She signifies just more than a women that is married to an old man who has worked in the train business. She innovated a new type of women that has transitioned from the old world to new world. She is sought out to be a caring, vibrant, graceful, and kind young lady but then shifts into a gold-digging, adulterous, deceitful lady from the way she is interpreted throughout the book through the eyes of Niel Herbert....   [tags: story and character analysis] 975 words
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The Work of Willa Cather - The Work of Willa Cather Inspiration is a passionate spark that influences people. It can arises from nature, people, and a personal experiences. Artists throughout history have found inspiration from within their own personal experiences, the people in their lives, and their surroundings. An artist can look into their past to inspire their art work. Whether an artist channels their inspiration though music, paintings, or writing they all have a goal in mind to show the world what sparked their inspiration....   [tags: Author, Literature]
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The Legacy of Willa Cather - “There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.” (Ahearn) Willa Cather was a great American novelist born on December seventh 1973 in Back Creek, Virginia to her parents, Charles and Virginia Cather. They lived with their seven children, of whom Willa was the oldest, in Back Creek near Winchester which had been overwhelmed by the happenings of the Civil War. In Willa’s young years the last few strands of the war were being tied up, however the southern culture was still alive and greatly affected Cather’s memories and her future in writing....   [tags: my antonia, kevin]
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One of Ours by Willa Cather - ... In most cases, however love is not enough. Both Margaret and Claude, the protagonist of Cather’s novel One of Ours feel this shimmer of love, but in the end must search for meaning elsewhere. Set in a small Nebraska farm town, One of Ours opens several years before the start of the First World War. Claude is unsatisfied with his simple life in the fields, and possesses an idealistic, romantic outlook that propels him to search for meaning on a much different field in Europe. For Claude, who wants nothing more than an idea to put all of his faith into, the disillusionment that accompanies the dissolution of his marriage is almost too much....   [tags: story and character analysis] 799 words
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A Wagner Matinee by Willa Cather - Pioneers set off heading towards the west to escape the challenges they faced in the east. They had an idea of what the west held for them, but none really understood. Newspaper and explorers portrayed the west with endless possibilities. Thousands of men, women and children took a trip heading west to look for a place that held their future. Once there they realized that there was a lot of work in order for them to succeed. The west changed and shaped the people. The hardships made tough and worn humans....   [tags: isolation, music, Nebraska, Boston]
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Paul's Case by Willa Cather - ... Brown writes, “He felt the pull of New York...to feel himself in the center of “the plot of all dreams”...”(Brown 1). Brown uses this quote to emphasize the pull and temptation of New York life on Paul. It also explains the feelings of Paul as he wishes heavily for the luxury life. If he has luxury then he will feel important in society for once. Paul wants to experience the life of the celebrities he sees performing at Carnegie Hall every night. But the temptation of luxury is not the only reason for Paul’s end....   [tags: story analysis] 896 words
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O Pioneers by Willa Cather - ... Just as Alexandra Bergson wanted to motivated and push her brothers and to change their entire mindset about the land, she wanted them to believe that change will come soon if you have patience. In the novel; O Pioneers, she expresses to Oscar that she wants him and Lou not to have to work so hard on the land and for Emil to go to college (20). Even though the land was a sacrifice for a lot people and all it took was a leader to make change and create an entire transformation. Alexandra was the young woman that did not want change but demanded change and wouldn’t stop until she succeeded with the dream everyone hoped for....   [tags: story of an American Woman] 1169 words
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My Antonia, by Willa Cather - Memories are a stockpile of good and bad experiences that are retained of a people, places. How do you remember your childhood memories. Do certain people, places or things trigger these memories to the past. Does the knowledge of these experience still affect your life today. Throughout the novel My Antonia, Jim's nostalgia for the past is represented by nature, symbolic elements, and above all Antonia. The Nebraskan prairies are beautiful and picturesque and set the scene for a memorable story....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Nostalgia]
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Analysis of Willa Cather's O'Pioneers! - Analysis of Willa Cather's O'Pioneers. Willa Cather’s best known novel, O’Pioneers!, is an epic story of hope and courage in the late 1800s on the American frontier. During the story, the main character Alexandra Bergson grows to love her land in central Nebraska. The land is her home and livelihood. The land is the reason her father moved them there in early 1880s. The land known as the Divide proves to be a very tough place to live. It will drive many of the settlers away, but in time shows the strength and strong-willed personality of Alexandra....   [tags: Willa Cathers O'Pioneers! Literature Essays] 397 words
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Willa Cather Explored - Soon you will understand Willa Cather’s life influences that motivated her to write in the Regionalism and Realism Movements of American literature in the post-Civil War years. Many opinionated critics expressed their thoughts about her successes and failures that influenced others. Cather wrote about her opinions in short stories, such as “A Wagner Matinée”. Determining the subject of her works and making her a unique individual, Cather’s life greatly influenced her writings. Living in America in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, Cather possessed many influences in life that impacted her motivation....   [tags: regionalism, realism movements]
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Paul’s Case by Willa Cather - ... Paul likes to primp and take time getting dressed, such as when he is in New York, he pays close attention to how he looks, “watching every stage of his toilet carefully in the mirror” (Cather, par. 46). Paul’s appearance is not common for teenaged boys. He is the picture of a boy who does not quite fit in to the mold that is expected” (Hicks), and his differences from the other boys demonstrate his alienation. Paul loves the theater and music and uses them to produce a fantasy life, but he does not want to actually participate in these arenas....   [tags: alienation, suicide, brilliancy]
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Success in Willa Cather's My Antonia - Success in Willa Cather's My Antonia The American college dictionary defines success as 1. The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors, 2. The gaining of wealth, possessions, or the like. This has been the general seances for the past hundred years or more. But in more modern days the prospective of success has changed slightly. It has shifted to having a good education, going to collage, getting a carrier getting married & having children. Having your own home and eventually dying and passing it all on to a child or children....   [tags: Cather My Antonia Essays] 2593 words
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My Antonia by Willa Cather - My Ántonia is an exceptional novel, about much more than pioneers, prairies and immigrants. It is about heart, strength and soul, embodied in the role of a Bohemian immigrant to the Nebraskan prairies, Ántonia Shimerda. Narrated through the eyes of her great childhood friend Jim Burden, who was brought to the prairies to reside with his grandparents after his parent’s deaths, Ántonia’s life is laid bare for the reader. Her spirit, her beauty, her rarity, all radiate out from Jim’s words. Despite hardships, losses, struggles and terrible mistakes, Ántonia’s heart, her joyfulness of life, her purity, her precious ability to discover value and significance in what others would dismiss as useles...   [tags: book report, story analysis] 564 words
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Biography of Willa Sibert Cather - ... During her lifetime she had been awarded the 1922 Pulitzer Prize for her novel “One of Ours”, the Prix Femina Americain, and a National Institute of Arts and Letters gold medal. She had written and published a total of twelve novels, fifty-eight short stories, and multiple collections of poems. She was also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. HISTORICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES The late eighteen-hundreds through the middle of the nineteen-hundreds consisted of many American and world events regarding war, women’s rights and many other issues....   [tags: A Burglar’s Christmas, friends, family] 1488 words
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Georgia O'Keeffe and Willa Cather's Use of Symbolism and Imagery - There were many of artists and writers, who demonstrated symbolism and imagery within their work of art, set in nineteenth century New Mexico. Willa Cather and Georgia O’Keeffe were best known as an author and an artist in the nineteenth century. Willa Cather had a long memorable career writing novels, short stories, poems, and essay, and contributing to any newspapers, editor, and journals as writer. She travels at length to gather material for her narrative and characters, and was recognizable with and respect by many other popular writers in the nineteenth century....   [tags: Art] 1285 words
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Paul's Case by Willa Cather - Paul's Case by Willa Cather Willa Cather was born near Winchester, Virginia in 1873. At age ten, she moved with her family to Nebraska where most of her stories were set. In 1913, she began an extensive writing career which included many short stories and several novels. In her stories, she depicted the lives of prairie farmers on the great plains. She glorified them over the city dwellers. In 1922, she won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel One of Ours. She left behind a heritage for the people she represented, and a living history of a period and place in time....   [tags: Papers] 614 words
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Analysis of Paul’s Case by Willa Cather - According to many readers of Paul’s Case, this is a short story that shows affection, passion, and most of all enthusiasm. Willa Cather seems to base her stories off of daily life and events that she thought progressed in many lives. Her passion for writing showed in her literature giving a visualization on what people think doesn’t occur in the regular life of a person. Also throughout Willa Cather’s short stories she gave examples upon her childhood and her time spent in a small town she grew up in....   [tags: Analysis of Paul’s Case]
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Willa Cather's Issues with Realism and The Barn Burner, Paragraphs - ... 7). Through this quote, she is essentially getting her aforementioned message across by comparing realism in art to mere journalism—the mere relaying of facts and realities without a shred of creativity or imagination being put forth. To Cather, art in all of its forms is a means of creative expression, something in which realism and literalness have no place in on their own. 2. Cather expresses that she sees hope from younger artists—writers specifically—in terms of them showing an ability to break away from the trend towards realism....   [tags: art, creativity] 1047 words
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Relationships and Setting in Willa Cather's O Pioneers! - Relationships and Setting in Willa Cather's O Pioneers. O Pioneers!(1993) by Willa Cather begins on a blustery winter day, in the town of Hanover, Nebraska, sometime between 1883 and 1890. The narrator introduces four main character: the very young Emil Bergson; his older sister, Alexandra; her friend Carl Linstrum; and a little girl, Marie Shabata. Alexandra's father, John Bergson, is dying. He tells his two oldest sons, Lou and Oscar, that he is leaving the farmland, and all of what he has accomplished, to their sister....   [tags: Cather O Pioneers Essays]
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My Antonia by Willa Cather - Ántonia is a very nice young girl at the beginning of the story. She is so beautiful, that all boys are mesmerized by the way she looks. She is a very nice your girl and is willing to be friends with anyone who wants to be friends. She is especially nice to Jimmy, because he is the first person that she meets when she moves to her new house. Ántonia becomes much better friends with Jimmy as time passes. He teaches her English and many other things. They spend much of their time together playing and having fun, when they don’t have to work on their families’ farms....   [tags: essays research papers] 760 words
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My Antonia by Willa Cather - My Antonia by Willa Cather "Disapprobation hurt me, I found—even that of people whom I did not admire." (164). In the novel, My Antonia, by Willa Cather, society seems to govern the lives of many people. But for the others, who see past society's stereotypical values, had enough strength to overcome this and allowed them to achieve their dreams. Throughout the book, everyone seems to be trying to pursue the American Dream. While they all have different ideas of just exactly what the American Dream is, they all know precisely what they want....   [tags: Papers] 629 words
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Conflict Shapes Character in Willa Cather's My Antonia - Conflict Shapes Character in Willa Cather's My Antonia The conflict in ones life will shape their character in the future. This is especially true in the novel My Antonia, 1918. The author Willa Cather takes you through the life of a young Bohemian immigrant, Antonia Shimerda, as seen through the eyes of her good friend Jim Burden. At age ten, Jim Burden lost both of his parents and was sent to live with his grandparents on their Nebraska farm. He first meets Antonia when his grandmother and one of the farm hands take the Shimerdas some provisions....   [tags: Cather My Antonia Essays]
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My Antonia by Willa Cather - Journeying across the immense great planes at the age of ten, Jim was introduced to a new destiny with in the landscape of Nebraska. We saw as he developed from a young boy into a successful New York lawyer. Jim’s relationships throughout the novel, contribute to his transformation as a character. As he transitioned into adulthood, Jim was always referring to the past as an important period of his life; he consistently refers to nostalgic memories from his adolescents. He referrers to his memories in Nebraska as, “In the course of twenty crowded years one parts with many illusions....   [tags: story and character analysis] 836 words
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Irony and Symbolism in Willa Cather's Paul's Case - Irony and Symbolism in Willa Cather's Paul's Case  "Paul's Case," by Willa Cather, is a story that deals with a young boy who does not feel that he lives a life befitting of him. Upon a close reading, it is evident that "Paul's Case" is ruled by irony and symbolism, which are apparent in the story through the words of the narrator. The irony woven throughout the text builds up to an epiphonic moment, a main paradox in the story, which reveals to the reader Paul's true nature. Paul believes that everyone around him is beneath him....   [tags: Cather Paul's Case Essays]
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Struggles of a Peculiar Boy in Paul's Case by Willa Cather - ... Instead they tried to “correct” him, to mold him into the standard image of a male. As a result, Paul rebelled yet he never did stop fearing. As stated in the text, Paul always feared that his father’s ability to end his life. As unreasonable as it may sound, Paul did not want that power to go into the hands of anyone but himself. If he died, he would prefer to go because he chose to not because he was forced to. Paul always wanted the final say. In fact, he did not really care much for what other leaders had to say about him....   [tags: depressed, self-rightous, suicide]
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Willa Cather's Paul‟s Case: A Study in Temperament - Willa Cather‟s “Paul‟s Case: A Study in Temperament” (1905) invites the reader to wonder, “What really is Paul‟s case?” Cather provides us with ample clues and descriptions of Paul‟s temperament with remarkable detail and insight into the human psyche considering that she had no formal background in psychology and that she was writing when Sigmund Freud was just beginning to publish his theories and was therefore writing by intuitive observation rather than by using a scientific approach. Because “Paul‟s Case” is written much like a descriptive analysis or case study in a patient‟s temperament, the reader is left with several details about Paul that are mysterious and psychiatrically and med...   [tags: Paul's Case 2014]
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Willa Cather's Paul's Case and Maupassant's The Necklace - Willa Cather's Paul's Case and Maupassant's The Necklace When comparing two fictional characters from two different writers one must first and foremost analyze their dreams, ambitions, or goals in the story. Whether the character is setting out to accomplish something physically, or they are on a personal or spiritual quest to find themselves....   [tags: Necklace Maupassant Cather Paul's Case] 1070 words
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Biography of Willa Cather - Biography of Willa Cather Willa Cather was born December 7th, 1873 in the Back Creek Valley of Northern Neck, Virginia. Her parents, Charles Cather and Virginia Bloak, both came from families that had lived in the region for generations. Their house was described as “full of bustling and many-colored life” (E.K. Brown 18) including Willa’s three siblings, neighbors, and the friends of the family who came around often. The people of the town were eager to help one another out. Willa spent much of her time divided between her father, whom she helped in the fields tending to the sheep, and going with her grandmother and friend Margie Anderson “on errands of mercy and medicine, or...   [tags: Biographies Authors Writers Essays]
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Willa Cather's Sexual Preference - Willa Cather's Sexual Preference         A highly discussed subject about Willa Cather is whether or not she was a       lesbian. There are arguments for every side of the topic, but given the       amount of information we have, its clarity, and the vagueness of the       period itself, all of it can be used for every side.         One aspect that people questioning Cather's sexual preference concerns       gender identity greatly. This gender labeling system that everyone is       familiar with is very simple and logically sound, but not true to all       points of nature....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 1308 words
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Willa Cather - Willa Cather wrote several wonderful stories and novels. After reading or viewing three of them and reading a little about her other works on the Internet, I have noticed that all of them have things in common. I have observed that her works often times involve family situations and how different types of people deal with death. The stories tend to reflect a time in her life I would assume. They are also reflected close to her home in many times. The stories tend to use the same types of dialogue and have similar characters as well....   [tags: essays research papers] 554 words
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A Pioneer Of American Writing Willa Cather - A Pioneer of American Writing Willa Cather was born in Virginia in 1873, but moved to Nebraska where the population was diverse. She attended school and also was educated at home. She planned on becoming a doctor early in life. She accompanied a local doctor on his house calls and assisted in many of the examinations. By the time she entered college this was her future. The University of Nebraska accepted her but she had to pay her tuition through writing criticism for the Nebraska State Journal....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Materialism in Paul's Case by Willa Cather - In "Paul's Case," Willa Cather manages to apply the emotions, feelings, troubles, and thoughts of modern society, allowing the reader to relate to the story. By incorporating the same heavy burdens that bother and aggravate people in their daily lives, Willa explores the pain and treatment unwanted people experience. Obviously, nobody wants to feel rejection or alienation from the world, but instead they desire to encounter acceptance and agreement with the world's standards. In the story, the main character, Paul goes through excruciating transformations and lengths to try and impress the people around him....   [tags: essays research papers] 779 words
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The Relationship between the People and the Land in Willa Cather's O Pioneers - The Relationship between the People and the Land in Willa Cather's O Pioneers     'For the first time, perhaps, since that land emerged from the waters of the geologic ages, a human face was set toward it with love and yearning' This quotation cuts straight to the heart of Willa Cather's whole argument throughout O Pioneers!, which is that it is Alexandra Bergson's will to survive and continually adapt which makes her successful -the facts that her neighbours are unwilling to take up new ideas and technologies, they are unwilling to gamble, and, worse, unwilling to listen to those whose relationship with the landscape is harmonious and respectful (such as that of Ivar), mark th...   [tags: Cather O Pioneers Essays]
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Paul's Case by Willa Cather - Socrates’ Perspective of the Courageous Paul - Paul's Case by Willa Cather - Socrates’ Perspective of the Courageous Paul In "Paul's Case" by Willa Cather, Paul becomes aware of the fact that his life is not exactly what could be called "liveable." His physical home leaves something to be desired, his teachers clearly dislike him, and his father is not the "model" father. Paul feels that these things are unjust and detrimental to his life. Due to the unjust things in his life, he decides to rid himself of them by running away....   [tags: Cather Paul's Case Essays]
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Willa Cather's O Pioneers! and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Mr. Peebles' Heart - Willa Cather's O Pioneers. and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Mr. Peebles' Heart In both Willa Cather’s novel O Pioneers. and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story "Mr. Peebles’ Heart" present the reader with strong, successful female characters. Alexandra Bergson, the heroine of O Pioneers!, becomes the manager and proprietor of a prosperous farm on the Nebraska frontier while Joan R. Bascom of "Mr. Peebles’ Heart" is a successful doctor. Cather and Gilman create competent, independent female characters that do not conform to the perceived societal standards for women in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century....   [tags: Cather Pioneers Gilman Peebles Essays]
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The Symbolic Nature of the Land in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers - Willa Cather’s O Pioneers presents the land as symbolic and vital to the course of the plot. As a force of nature so powerful that it can crush the efforts of any settler in a fleeting moment. This display of supremacy presents itself in the opening lines of Cather's novel, in which she introduces the land as not only the setting but an active character within the story. When Cather’s states, “One January day, thirty years ago, the little town of Hanover, anchored on a windy Nebraska tableland, was trying not to be blown away,” she incarnates the spirit of the settlers within the land....   [tags: settlers, frontier, american dream] 582 words
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Finding a Lost Literacy in the Book, The Lost Lady by Willa Cather - ... Perhaps Mrs. Forrester is also able to recognize Neil’s idolization of her as “the standard against which all other women are measured” (419). Soon, he becomes a regular face at the Forresters, keeping company and doing favors. Discernibly, Neil’s character exemplifies his social influence over even the highest social classes in the town. Characterization continues to impact social influence specifically through Adolph Blum’s actions towards Mrs. Forrester. Upon discovering her shameful affair, Blum ponders all of the instances in which Mrs....   [tags: characterization, social influence, distrinction, ]
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Influenced by Land and Man: Willa Cather and Catherine Porter, Writers of the Southwest - ... The Southwestern culture is one tied closely to the myth and magic of the land. The merciless nature of the land has also brought the same attitude to the natives. The culture of the southwest is a culture centered around death. When Baltazar kills an Indian boy for spilling soup, the Acoma people decide a line has been crossed and retribution is necessary. They throw him over the cliff where they throw their refuse and broken things. This is meant to show that although he once served a purpose, he is also something in their society that is broken beyond repair....   [tags: landscape, culture, natives, settlers]
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A Tragic Demise in Short Story, Paul's Caseby Willa Cather - ... and a red carnation in his buttonhole. This latter adornment the faculty somehow felt was not properly significant of the contrite spirit befitting a boy under the ban of suspension” (536). This symbolism also foreshadows that something to do with this yearning is going to appear later in the story. Like the colorful and alive flower, Paul’s hope for change is very much alive. Throughout the story, the glass symbolizes the barrier between Paul’s reality and his dream. Towards the beginning, Paul leaves the Carnegie Hall and sees this singer/actress getting out of her carriage, she enters this grand hotel....   [tags: symbols, flower, dream]
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Importance of the Past in Willa Cather's My Antonia - The Importance of the Past in Willa Cather's My Antonia   In My Antonia, Willa Cather emphasizes the importance of the past through Jum Burden's narration. Jim Burden realizes at the conclusion of the novel how much he enjoyed his childhood days and how much his memories mean to him. There are three events that Cather included in the novel which contribute greatly to the overall theme, concerning the importance of the past. One event is in Chapter II of Book III. Jim decides to write about his youth in Nebraska as Vergil has just done....   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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The Trials and Tribulations of Jim Burden - My Antonia was not written as a true autobiography, but as a correlation of Willa Cather's life itself. Some argue that Jim Burden is just a delineation of Willa Cather. For instance, “Willa Cather was born in Virginia and moved to Nebraska to live with her grandparents in 1883” (willacather.org). Cather uses her own experience to build up the beginning plot of her Novel My Antonia. Cather's My Antonia describes the struggle and character development of Jim Burden's character as he tries to model himself after a Bohemian immigrant who is unable to cope with the guilt and strenuous life of an emigrant....   [tags: My Antonia by Willa Cather]
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Pursuing the American Dream in My Antonia by Willa Cather - Pursuing the American Dream in My Antonia by Willa Cather In the novel, My Antonia, by Willa Cather, everyone seems to be trying to pursue the American Dream. While they all have different ideas of just exactly what the American Dream is, they all know precisely what they want. For some, the American Dream sounds so enticing that they have traveled across the world to achieve their goal. They work hard to fit in and succeed, but, as in the case of Mr. Shimerda, are not always successful....   [tags: My Antonia] 539 words
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Willa Cather's My Antonia: Enlightening or Depressing? - When Willa Cather wrote her novel My Antonia in 1918, there probably was not any doubt that it was the story of a woman's accomplishment. However, today there have been many critics that claim this work to be the legacy of a girl's struggle, not triumph. This perception can easily be argued. This leaves readers with the choice of interpreting the book as enlightening or depressing. My Antonia took place in the late 19th century. Jim Burden narrated his recollections of Antonia's life and their childhood together, after a twenty-year absence....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 1048 words
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Respect Over Passion in My Antonia by Willa Cather - Respect Over Passion in My Antonia        Throughout the book "My Antonia" by Willa Cather, there is a twisting and turning of Sexual and Gender issues. There also tends to be a tension surrounding the different classes between the Black Hawk towns people, and what are called, "the hired girls" or the people from the country. These distinctive qualities in this novel start being shown in the very beginning or the story where Jims' best-friend speaks about the life of Jim and the path with whom he chose to travel....   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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Maternal Stability in Paul's Case by Willa Cather - Maternal Stability in Paul's Case by Willa Cather Paul suffered setbacks and dilemmas because he never knew his mother as she died around the time of his birth. Therefore he is lacking the maternal guidance of emotional stability that every child needs to grow mentally. Paul is withdrawn from society, and he resorts to the arts and music to feel comfortable and free from his disassociation and sense of loneliness. One should not be confused and believe that his father was not loving or caring of Paul because his father did what he could to support Paul and to do all he could to get Paul out of problem situations....   [tags: Papers] 1276 words
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Women: The Symbol of Strength and Endurance - Women have been considered to be the symbol of strength for many centuries. Women have often been forced to be in charge of the family when the male in the family couldn’t. There are many times during wars that the men have to go off and fight, they leave their women behind. Then these women have to not only continue their responsibilities and take care of their families, they also have to take over the men’s responsibilities. Women also have to leave the people and the places that they love so that they can be with their husband....   [tags: A Wagner Matinée by Willa Cather] 527 words
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A Way of Life: A Wagner Matinee - No one every thinks about how we got here. About what our ancestors had to go through and how the chances that we would actually ne here get slimmer and slimmer the more that you think about it. All those people that are in your family tree have helped to shape who you are and the person that you will become. Our family seems to determine who we are going to be in life and always seems to find a way to get us there. In the story A Wagner Matinee there is a man, Clark, who lives in Boston who receives word from his Aunt Georgiana who is coming to visit from Nebraska to settle an estate....   [tags: Willa Cather, story analysis] 604 words
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Willa Sibert Cather And His Works - Willa Sibert Cather and His Works Willa Sibert Cather was an early twentieth century writer. She wrote about the qualities of courage, sensitivity, and perseverance. Most often, her novels and short stories took place in rural townships. She was born sometime in 1873, in her grandmother's house. She was named after an Aunt Willela who had died; however, she chose to believe that her name was derived from her grandparent's names. She was the first child of Charles Fectigue and Mary Cather. Willa was the oldest of the seven children....   [tags: essays research papers] 721 words
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Self-imposed Estrangement in Paul's Case - Self-imposed Estrangement in "Paul's Case," by Willa Cather Many times, we try to separate ourselves from the world around us; we distance ourselves from society that gives us life. What is worse, we are voluntarily subjected to the lonesomeness which precedes wallowing in our own self pity. "Paul's Case," in which the theme of the fatal progression of deliberate seclusion presents the major conflict, centers around a young man, in his alienation, suppressing his need for attention and satisfying himself through his own world established through his seclusion....   [tags: Willa Cather] 1322 words
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Choices Affect More than Just the Choice Maker in Willa Cather’s My Antonia - ... Grandmother spoke feelingly. ‘When she first came to this country, Frances, and had that genteel old man to watch over her, she was as pretty a girl as ever I saw. But, dear me, what a life she's led, out in the fields with those rough threshers!’ ” (Cather 76). “We were pleased at this praise,” is a reference to Mrs. Harling and her daughter, Frances admiration of Antonia’s appearance and work ethics (Cather 76). Despite Antonia not being blood-related to Burden family, Jim and his grandmother is flattered and honored about the Harling’s praise of Antonia, as if she is a part of the Burden family....   [tags: suicide, humanity, decision]
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The Awakening by Kate Chopin, Paul’s Case by Willa Cather, and Daisy Miller by Henry James - Death is the fate of all creatures. From humans to the smallest organisms, such as an amoeba, death is inevitable and cannot be escaped. When pondering upon this, one can find great despair within this truth. Nevertheless, death can be premature. A premature death can be viewed as a death that comes before a being’s average age of death, or in shorter words “expiry date”. To bring this into light, premature death is seen in works of literature, specifically American narratives. Concisely, the narratives that will be brought into analysis include: The Awakening by Kate Chopin, “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather, and Daisy Miller by Henry James....   [tags: compare, contrast, comparison] 1316 words
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Views of Strength: A Wagner Matinee - The pioneers that traveled west from the east coast experienced so many hardships that today it has become hard to even imagine them. Willa Cather is an amazing author because through her stories readers can begin to imagine what it was truly like when pioneers had to go west and survive purely off of the labor of their own two lands. When she wrote A Wagner Matinee many Nebraskans felt that she was poorly portraying their way of life, and really what she was trying to do was highlight their strength and endurance....   [tags: Willa Cather, short story analysis] 1042 words
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