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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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My Antonia Essay: The Spirit of Antonia - The Spirit of Antonia in My Antonia        The life of Antonia Shimerdas, the main character in Willa Cather's My Antonia, could easily be judged a failure. Perhaps measures of wealth, career, beauty and love fall short when held next to Antonia. If one could categorize life by that unnamable light or spirit which Antonia never loses, she would surpass all who belittle her achievements in other areas.   Where the spirit comes from, no one can say. “Perhaps an ethereal or god-like being takes residence in the person's heart”(Helmick 46)....   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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My Antonia Essay: Antonia and Jim - Antonia and Jim of My Antonia           In Willa Cather's My Antonia a special bond is formed, shattered, mended, and eventually secured between the main characters, Antonia Shimerda and Jim Burden. Jim and Antonia seem to be destined to affect each other's lives dramatically, from the beginning of the novel.                Starting at a young age, the main characters lives are intertwined. They form a special bond, which have both positive and negative affects on their relationship. At the time when Jim and Antonia are growing up, a rigid social structure exists in Nebraska....   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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Free My Antonia Essays: The Character of Antonia Shimerda - The Character of Antonia Shimerda in My Antonia Antonia Shimerda spends her whole life fighting, yet she is not known to be belligerent. She is constantly being battered, but still has no visible scars. Antonia is a girl who suffers all through her life, and somehow manages to keep an optimistic outlook. She is one of those rare people who gain character, rather than resentment, by enduring hardship. Throughout the book, MY ANTONIA, the strength and perseverance of this girl definitely portray her as "battered but not diminished." The symbol of freedom, courage and hardship, the country seems to invite all to come and settle, but not without a struggle....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 759 words
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My Antonia Essay: The Role of Men in My Antonia - The Role of Men in My Antonia Gloria Steinem once wrote that "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle." Clearly she is attempting to assert women's independence and further the liberation movement. However, her analogy is not quite complete. A bicycle has absolutely no place in a fish's life, but whether she needs him or not, men are very much present in a women's life. While a women can survive without a male influence, his influence shapes much of her personality. This role of man manifests itself in the lives of the women of Black Hawk but most vividly in the form of the working girls....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 814 words
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The Powerful Character of My Antonia - The Powerful Character of My Antonia "Ántonia is a natural born mother." (Page 253) This was how everybody thought of Ántonia; she was a girl who would always leave a remarkable memory in everybody's mind through her strong, incredible strength. When she first came to Black Hawk, she was still a fourteen year old girl who ran in the field bare-footed and romping from place to place with Jim Burden. Her cheerfulness lessened when her father committed suicide and she had to take care of her family by coming to town and working as a hired girl for the Harlings....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 662 words
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My Antonia Essay - Stages of Life - Stages of Life in My Antonia In the past, critics have demoralized and brutalized every writer they could get their pen on. This is seen from criticisms of Henry Adams to William Butler Yeats. These critics critique everything about the writer and his/her works. For instance, many critics criticize Willa Cather's novel, My Antonia. Their criticisms lie on the basis that My Antonia is based on cyclical themes with no structure holding each of My Antonia's books. In other words, as a collection of five different accounts remembered by the main character, Jim Burden, My Antonia is characterized by a loose plot structure, yet common themes are expressed through the cyclical nature, inc...   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 1576 words
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The Beauty of the Lack of Structure in My Antonia -     According to James E. Miller Jr.'s, "My Antonia; A Frontier Drama of Time," Willa Cather's novel, one of her most important and perhaps most popular works, is "defective in structure" (Bloom, 21).  He quotes E. K. Brown, who defends that: " 'Everything in the book is there to convey a feeling, not to tell a story, not to establish a social philosophy, not even to animate a group of characters'" (21).  The reader undoubtedly feels the impact of the story of Antonia and Jim as Cather intended, but critics blind themselves to the essence of My Antonia, by looking for a "consistent central action of unbroken character portrayal" (21).  The structure bases itself on the narrative of Jim Burde...   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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My Antonia Essay: The Role of Women - The Role of Women in My Antonia        In her novel, My Antonia, Cather represents the frontier as a new nation. Blanche Gelfant notes that Cather "creat[ed] images of strong and resourceful women upon whom the fate of a new country depended" . This responsibility, along with the "economic productivity" Gilbert and Gubar cite (173), reinforces the sense that women hold a different place in this frontier community than they would in the more settled areas of America.        One manner in which this unusual place can be seen is in the women's privileged relationship to the land in the text....   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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Free Essays - Criticism of My Antonia - Criticism of My Antonia     My Antonia by Willa Cather is a novel based on the memories of the protagonist, Jim Burden. Many critics have criticized this novel, and have focused on such literary elements as symbolism, motif, and characterization. The strongest argument however is the one that states that the foundation of every element in the book is based on the personal memories of Willa Cather.   Many critics have discussed the symbolism in this novel. One symbol that some critics have discussed is the plow....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 850 words
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My Antonia Essay: Theme of Separation - Theme of Separation in My Antonia My Antonia, by Willa Cather, is a book tracing the story of a young man, Jim Burden, and his relationship with a young woman, Antonia Shimerda. Jim narrates the entire story in first person, relating accounts and memories of his childhood with Antonia. He traces his journey to the Nebraska where he and Antonia meet and grow up. Jim looks back on all of his childhood scenes with Antonia with nearly heartbreaking nostalgia. My Antonia, is a book that makes many parallels to the sadness and frailty, but also the quiet beauty in life, and leaves the reader with a sense of profound sorrow....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 996 words
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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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My Antonia Essay - Life of the Immigrants - Life of the Immigrants in My Antonia                  William Cather showed a great amount of information about the "old wild west" and the expansion of the United States. In My Antonia, Jim Burden told a story of his childhood, the people in his life, and the struggles he and his surroundings faced during this time. At age ten, Jim Burden was sent by his relatives to be raised by his grandparents in the Nebraska prairie after his parents died. When he arrived at his new home, he was introduced to a Bohemian family that just immigrated to America; the Shimerdas....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 838 words
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My Antonia Essay - An American Tale - My Antonia – An American Tale At the beginning of this century, ships docked in American ports with their steerages filled with European immigrants. Willa Cather’s My Antonia, contains characters that immigrate to the country of America in search of hope and a new future in the Midwest prarie. This novel can be considered an American tale because it holds the American concept of the “melting pot,” the ideal of America as the “land of opportunity,” and the character’s struggles could only have occurred in America rather than their own country....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 722 words
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My Antonia Essay: Psychoanalytic Criticism - Psychoanalytic Criticism of My Antonia             Abstract: This essay uses psychoanalysis as the strategy of interpretation to read Willa Cather's My Antonia.  Freud's well-known theory--the Oedipus complex--and Lacan's theory of the Mirror Stage are used as the modes of approaching the novel.   I use psychoanalytic criticism as a means of interpreting Willa Cather's My Antonia because I find some similarities between My Antonia and Peter Pan, between that and The Awakening when reading Keith Green's Critical Theory and Practice: A Coursebook....   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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My Antonia Essay: Independence and Belonging - Independence and Belonging in My Antonia In My Antonia there are two types of women, those who want to have a man and those who don¹t. The key word is want, at no point does a woman need a man in the entire course of the novel. From the Hired Girls to Tiny Soderball and Lena Lingard women are capable of self sufficiency and happiness. The majority of the truly contented people are either alone or living without the opposite sex. Antonia and Cuzak are the only example of a ³normal² happy couple, all others have some problems that prevent a normal relationship....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 668 words
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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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The Character of Marek Shimerda in My Antonia - The Character of Marek Shimerda in My Antonia       In Willa Cather's novel, My Antonia, Marek Shimerda is starved for attention because he is constantly ignored due to his mental retardation. It is solely because of his handicap and the assumption of his inability to help out with the farming and household chores that his family views him as helpless which results in Marek's strange and awkward actions. He is presented as an ill minded young man throughout the novel, repeatedly excused, and resides in the shadow of his healthy, fully functional older brother, Ambrosh Shimerda....   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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Free My Antonia Essays: An Analysis - My Antonia I think that My Antonia, written in 1918, is one of Cather's finest works. Critic H. L. Mencken thought it to be the most accomplished, and shortly after it was published in 1919 he wrote, "Her style has lost self-consciousness; her feeling for form has become instinctive. And she has got such a grip upon her materials...I know of no novel that makes the remote folk of the Western praries more real...and I know of none that makes them seem better worth knowing." One of the high points in the story is the tragic case of Mr....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 745 words
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Jim Burden's Romanticism in My Antonia - Jim Burden's Romanticism in My Antonia      Dreams are nothing but our innermost desires. We are made to pursue these dreams and have them be the driving force in all we do. Jim Burden is no different; like everyone, he has dreams, and he does his best to pursue them and fulfill them. Or does he. Jim writes the story of Antonia through his own life. He is plagued with the disease of romanticism. He cannot move on; though time will move, Jim's thoughts and emotions are rooted in the past....   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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My Antonia Essay: Importance of Setting - The Importance of Setting in My Antonia The setting of the story has tremendous impact on the characters and themes in the novel "My Antonia" by Willa Cather. Cather's delicately crafted naturalistic style is evident not only in her colorfully detailed depictions of the Nebraska frontier, but also in her characters’ relationship with the land on which they live. The common naturalist theme of man being controlled by nature appears many times throughout the novel, particularly in the chapters containing the first winter....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 558 words
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My Antonia Essay: Role of Women - Role of  Women in My Antonia  The role of the women in My Antonia as the showcased laborers and workers in the new community does not, certainly, alleviate the questions of patriarchal influence offered in the discussions of gender. Certainly, the fact that Ántonia is deprived of the education she longs for and yet cannot have, because it is she who is responsible for her family's success--"'School is all right for little boys. I help make this land one good farm'" (94)--cannot be seen as entirely good, if we agree that "the value of education is among the greatest of all human values" (Woolf 45); and in spite of her protests to the contrary, the bitter recognition of exclusion brings Án...   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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Power of the Frontier Exposed in My Antonia - Power of the Frontier Exposed in My Antonia         Willa Cather's novel My Ántonia dramatizes the effect the frontier has on both native-born people and immigrants that come to the West in search of new beginnings. The story centers around two families living in a remote area of Nebraska from completely diverse backgrounds. This tale suggests that regardless of where a person comes from, the trials and tribulations of living under such tough conditions will ultimately impact his/her future existence....   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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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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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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Free My Antonia Essays: The Growth of Jim Burden - The Growth of Jim Burden in My Antonia "The movement from possession to loss, from union to separation, is the deep and central pattern of Jim Burden's experience in My Antonia." (Fisher-Wirth) I believe that this quote given by the critic Fisher-Wirth somewhat explains the life of Jim Burden and that although he went through both gains and losses throughout his life; he learned the meaning and purpose of his life with Antonia. In the beginning of the novel, Jim had a family but was soon abandoned by them do to both of their deaths....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 434 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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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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A Psychoanalytical Look at Jim Burden in My Antonia -      A psychoanalytical look at the characters of My Antonia provides a better understanding of action vs. intent of each individual, particularly Jim Burden.  The introduction prepares the reader by laying out a profile of Jim.  Without the understanding of the origin of the novel the reader would not be able to assess the true meaning of the novel nor would they really grasp the concepts and issues that are being discussed through the story itself.  So, with this essay I will bring together the importance of the introduction and how it correlates to Jim's search for a parental role.              Jim Burden is one of the more complex characters that any one reader will ever encounter. ...   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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Free My Antonia Essays: Struggle with the Land - Struggle with the Land in My Antonia In Willa Cather’s novel My Antonia a major theme that is addressed is the struggle with the land. In this essay, I will discuss this theme in relation to the text, the characters & the events they face, & the setting. The text is largely influenced by this theme of mans relationship to the land. Cather describes the land where the land where the Shimerda’s & the Burdens lived as the beautiful – the slow rolling hill covered in a sea of red grass, the circle of open sky above & land below....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 433 words
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My Antonia Essay: Weak Structure and Powerful Drama - Weak Structure and Powerful Drama in My Antonia Much of the earliest criticism of My Antonia focuses on the apparent failure of the narrative. Many critics take the title of the story and its introduction at face value. When the story says it is to be about Ántonia, it must be about her. Therefore, many critics see the stunningly crafted pieces of "variation from a theme" -- the stories of Peter & Pavel (the Russians and their wolves) and the sections of the novel dealing with the hired girls Lena Lingard and others-- as divergences which weaken the overall structure of the novel....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 1813 words
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Free My Antonia Essays: Female Roles - Female Roles in My Antonia "THERE was a curious social situation in black hawk. All the young men felt the attraction of the fine, well-set-up country girls who had come to town to earn a living, and, in nearly every case, to help their fathers struggle out of debt, or to make it possible for the younger children of the family to go to school." (Page 127) This was the way of life for most girls around the 1920s. The book My Antonia by Willa Cather, Refreshingly creates female roles and strong personalities....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 547 words
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Free My Antonia Essays: Importance of Landscape - Importance of Landscape in My Antonia In the book, My Antonia, the landscape along with Jim's reactions to it help us to feel all the emotions of the scene. His feelings of lonliness, sadness, awe and happiness are felt through his words and we can form a picture from the descriptions, adding to what we already know. He feels these emotions in the first few scenes. All because he wants a place to call home. The feelings we get when Jim arrives are awe with hints if lonliness. He pulls into town and is being taken to his grandparent's house....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 1035 words
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My Antonia Essay: The Character of Lena Lingard - The Character of Lena Lingard in My Antonia            Lena Lingard is the best example of a non-domestic central character which appears amidst the domesticity of My Ántonia. Often the sections which feature Lena instead of Ántonia are seen as confusing divergences from the plot line of a novel that purports to be about the woman named in the title. However, since Lena appears in the novel almost as often as Ántonia, and more often than any other character except Jim, she is a central character....   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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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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Innocence in Daisy Miller, My Antonia, and the Great Gatsby - Innocence in Daisy Miller by Henry James, My Antonia by Willa Cather and the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is not as easy as it seems to distinguish who is innocent and who is not. Innocence is a cultural concept which is usually confusing. An act that is naïve and normal in one society can be a public disgrace in another. Then a question comes to mind: What is innocence. Challenging the norms of a society makes a person totally wicked. What spoils or preserves innocence. The word innocence is ambiguous....   [tags: Daisy Miller, My Antonia, Great Gatsby] 2112 words
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My Antonia Essay: Women on the Frontier - Women on the Frontier in My Ántonia In 1891, marking the elimination of "free land," the Census Bureau announced that the frontier no longer existed (Takaki, A Different Mirror, 225). The end of the frontier meant the constant impoverishment, instead of the wealth they had dreamed of, for a large number of immigrants from the Old World: they came too late. My Ántonia, however, illuminates another frontier, a frontier within America that most immigrants had to face. It was the frontier between "Americans" and "foreigners." The immigrants were still "foreign" to the "Americans" who came and settled earlier....   [tags: My Antonia Essays] 867 words
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The Trials and Tribulations of Antonia - Why do many immigrants make the long and usually costly move to America. Is it the largely idolized notion that Americans are wealthier with better opportunities. Moreover, is the price some pay worth the risk. In Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, Ántonia faces struggles as a young child, including language barriers, poverty, harsh living conditions, and her beloved father’s death. However, as Ántonia grows into a woman, she must face struggles of a social nature, such as the division of social and economic classes, as well as social opprobrium....   [tags: Literature]
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The Trials and Tribulations of Antonia - The Trials and Tribulations of Ántonia Why do many immigrants make the long and usually costly move to America. Is it the largely idolized notion that Americans are wealthier with better opportunities. Moreover, is the price some pay worth the risk. In Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, Ántonia faces struggles as a young child, including language barriers, poverty, harsh living conditions, and her beloved father’s death. However, as Ántonia grows into a woman, she must face struggles of a social nature, such as the division of social and economic classes, as well as social opprobrium....   [tags: Literature]
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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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The Trials and Tribulations of Antonia - Why do many immigrants make the long and usually costly move to America. Is it the largely idolized notion that Americans are wealthier with better opportunities. Moreover, is the price some pay worth the risk. In Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, Ántonia faces struggles as a young child, including language barriers, poverty, harsh living conditions, and her beloved father’s death. However, as Ántonia grows into a woman, she must face struggles of a social nature, such as the division of social and economic classes, as well as social opprobrium....   [tags: Literature]
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The Trials and Tribulations of Antonia - Why do many immigrants make the long and usually costly move to America. Is it the largely idolized notion that Americans are wealthier with better opportunities. Moreover, is the price some pay worth the risk. In Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, Ántonia faces struggles as a young child, including language barriers, poverty, harsh living conditions, and her beloved father’s death. However, as Ántonia grows into a woman, she must face struggles of a social nature, such as the division of social and economic classes, as well as social opprobrium....   [tags: Literature]
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The Trials and Tribulations of Antonia - Why do many immigrants make the long and usually costly move to America. Is it the largely idolized notion that Americans are wealthier with better opportunities. Moreover, is the price some pay worth the risk. In Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, Ántonia faces struggles as a young child, including language barriers, poverty, harsh living conditions, and her beloved father’s death. However, as Ántonia grows into a woman, she must face struggles of a social nature, such as the division of social and economic classes, as well as social opprobrium....   [tags: Literature]
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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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My Antonia by Villa Cather - ... They were big and warm and full of light, like the sun shining on brown pools in the wood.” pg. 17. This is Jim’s description of Antonia. Her family has encountered many hardships. They immigrated from Bohemia, which uprooted them from their past lives. After they reached America, Antonia’s father committed suicide, leaving her family in poverty. Antonia is forced to work as a servant, but she somehow retains the independence and eternal cheerfulness that makes her stand out as a character. Through the story, Jim grows to love Antonia, although she can only love him as a friend....   [tags: story analysis] 1283 words
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Antonia's Struggles of Immigration - Why do many immigrants make the long and usually costly move to America. Is it the largely idolized notion that Americans are wealthier with better opportunities. Moreover, is the price some pay worth the risk. In Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, Ántonia faces struggles as a young child, including language barriers, poverty, harsh living conditions, and her beloved father’s death. However, as Ántonia grows into a woman, she must face struggles of a social nature, such as the division of social and economic classes, as well as social opprobrium....   [tags: Civics]
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Use of Environment, Landscape, and Cycles in My Antonia - Use of the Environment, Landscape, and Cycles, in My Ántonia     The landscape and the environment in Willa Cather's, My Ántonia, plays several roles. It creates both a character and protagonist, while it also reflects Cather's main characters, Jim and Ántonia, as well as forming the structure of the novel. Additionally, it evokes several themes that existed on the prairie during the time in which the story takes place. Some of these themes that directly relate to the novel, which are worth exploring, are endurance, hardship, and spirituality....   [tags: My Antonia Essays]
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My Antonia - My Antonia is a novel about a man’s look into his past and his account of his childhood friend, Antonia. Throughout the novel, many characters are introduced that are separated from the majority due to their nationality and migrating to the mid-west. Antonia Shimerda is one of the main characters that shows this separation, with language and her nationality as the barrier while migrating west with her family. Though Jim is an American boy, he suffers from separation with being away from home and with being in a new place....   [tags: novel, literature, ]
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Analysis of My Antonia by Willa Carter - ... They were big and warm and full of light, like the sun shining on brown pools in the wood.” pg. 17 Antonia’s family has encountered many hardships. They immigrated to America from Bohemia, uprooting them from their past lives. After they reached America, Antonia’s father committed suicide, leaving her family in poverty. Antonia is forced to work as a servant, but she somehow retains the independence and eternal cheerfulness that makes her stand out as a character. As the story develops, Jim grows to love Antonia, although she can only love him as a friend....   [tags: characters, theme, language, view] 1373 words
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Antonia Ford and the Spies of the Civil War - Antonia Ford was born at Fairfax Courthouse, Virginia on July 23, 1838. She had a father who was a merchant and a secessionist. She had a brother named Charles who died at the Battle of Brandy Station. Her brother fought in General James Ewell Brown Stuart's Horse Artillery as a lieutenant. General J.E.B. Stuart and John Singleton Mosby were two men who every so often visited the Ford house. When Federal troops came to Fairfax in 1861, Antonia would tell General J.E.B. Stuart of their doings and activities....   [tags: Biography]
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My Antonia: A Gender Study - I've chosen to write about the gender statement in Cather's "My Antonia." I'd like to first start out by saying that I don't believe that she was trying to make a statement about the men in this work. I think each of the men in this story are very different and take an important role in the story. I'd like to go through and give a little information on a choice few characters. I'd like to start with Jim; he was the main male character (obviously) in this story. Jim had many good qualities about him....   [tags: American Literature] 841 words
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What is ‘Modernist’ about Cather’s My Antonia? - Modernism focuses on removing literature from the safety of nineteenth century conventions and propelling new ideas on how and what to write into the literary domain. In ‘My Antonia’, Cather embodies the push for new literary techniques as she revolutionises the practises of the novel and challenges the conformist society of capitalist America. This can be seen in her narrative technique, anti-Victorian views and character symbolism. The modernity of ‘My Antonia’ can be seen through the narrative style used by Cather....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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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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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 - My Antonia 1. Jim Burden, a successful New York City lawyer, leaves an acquaintance a memoir of his Nebraska childhood in the form of a recollection of their mutual friend, Antonia Shimerda. Jim had first arrived in Nebraska at the age of ten, when he was made the trip west to live with his grandparents after finding himself as an orphan in Virginia. On this same train, Jim has his first glimpse of the Shimerdas, a Bohemian immigrant family traveling in the same direction. As fate would have it, the Shimerdas have taken up residence in a neighboring farm to the Burdens'....   [tags: Free Essay Writer] 1606 words
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My Antonia - Book 3, "Lena Lingard," is set in Lincoln, Nebraska where Jim studies under the instruction of an admired scholar Gaston Cleric. Lena Lingard moves to Lincoln to set up a tailoring business and visits Jim. They start seeing each other regularly, going to the theater, and spending Sunday mornings together. He enjoys her company much more than that of the women of his own class who are so interested in socializing that they seem to have no life in them. Lena’s shop is very successful....   [tags: essays research papers] 790 words
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My Antonia - My Antonia by Willa Cather Author: Willa Sibert Cather, Nebraska's most noted author was born in Virginia. At the age of ten she moved with her family to Webster County, Nebraska. Many of Cather's acquaintances and Red Cloud area scenes can be recognized in her writings. Cather wrote poetry, short stories, essays and novels, winning many awards. In 1920 she won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel One of Ours, about a Nebraska farm boy who went off to World War I. Willa Cather's reputation as one of America's finest novelists rests on her novels about Nebraska and the American Southwest....   [tags: essays research papers] 1460 words
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My Antonia - 1. Discuss the significant of each of the following citations. Provide several examples that support each quote. A. "The country girls were considered a menace to the social order. Their beauty shone out too boldly against a conventional background. But anxious mothers need have felt no harm. They mistook the mettle of their sons. The respect for respectability was stronger than any desire in Black Hawk Youth." The above quotation is telling about how the elderly people of Black Hawk did not trust the younger girls....   [tags: essays research papers] 779 words
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My Antonia - “A plump, fair skinned girl was standing in the doorway. She looked demure and pretty, and made a graceful picture in her blue cashmere dress and little blue hat, with a plaid shawl neatly about her shoulders and a clumsy pocket book in her hand.” This is the first glimpse of the transformation from girl to successful woman of Lena Lingard in My Antonia, by Willa Cather. In the beginning of the book, Lena is portrayed as a struggling dressmaker, who because of her personality, goals, and motivation, becomes a successful individual....   [tags: essays research papers] 402 words
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Antonia White - Antonia White “My novels and short stories are mainly about ordinary people who become involved in rather extraordinary situations. I do not mean in sensational adventures but in rather odd and difficult personal relationships largely due to their family background and their incomplete understanding of their own natures.” – Antonia White Antonia White was born in London March 1, 1899 in London under the name Eirine Bottling to parents Cecil and Christine Bottling. (She later took her mothers maiden name, White and Tony was a name she was known by amongst her friends.) Her father was a professor of Greek and Latin at St....   [tags: Authors Literature Story Tellers Essays]
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My Antonia - In the book, "My Antonia", nostalgic views can be compared to those from narratives of Indians personal experiences. The experience that can be compared is the relation that they had regarding the westward movement and the plans the Americans had for the different races. The hardships they had experienced had been uncomfortable and unfair. The Indians had it harder than the immigrants, because they were moved from their own homes and sent to reservations and their kids were taken to the east to learn to become white....   [tags: World Literature] 645 words
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Dark Overtones And Their Contrasts In My Antonia - Dark Overtones, and Their Contrasts in My Antonia In My Antonia by Willa Cather, there are many dark overtones that pervade the novel. It is through the use of symbolism and contrast these overtones are made real. The prairie is the predominant setting of the novel. It may be shaped, and it conforms to the desires of those working it. The prairie¹s loneliness, shown by the wide open spaces, is a brilliant way of revealing internal conflict by using a setting. Also, it brings out the characters true meaning....   [tags: essays research papers] 1304 words
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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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Women Characters in My Antonia and Giants in the Earth - Women Characters in My Antonia and Giants in the Earth Many women characters appear in fiction who have been damaged by or disintegrate under the stresses of life. Just as in life, however, many fictional characters survive, adapt, and triumph; these characters may never be recognized within a larger world, but they are vitally important to other characters and are the objects of deep love and respect. Creating this woman in fiction can often be difficult, because the writer must present a whole character, not one trivialized by sentimentality or stereotyped by convention....   [tags: Willa Cather O.E. Rolvaag]
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A Comparison of Death in The Scarlet Letter and My Antonia - Importance of Death in The Scarlet Letter and My Antonia It is universally acknowledged that one who comes into this world must also leave. Just like everything else, even life and death is a binary composition. You cannot have one without the other. Although not many people like to think about it, death is a very important factor not only in life, but also in literature. Most often, death is portrayed as evil or gruesome, especially in commercial fiction. However, there are literary texts, which portray death through other factors....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 2306 words
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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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Comparing the Theme of Sacrifice in My Antonia and The Song of the Lark - Theme of Sacrifice in My Antonia and The Song of the Lark         A common trait for Willa Cather's characters is that they possess a certain talent or skill. This art usually controls the lives of these characters. According to critic Maxell Geismar, Cather's heroines who possess a skill often either do not marry or marry men whom they dominate; if they do marry the marriage is without excitement because their passion is invested in their art. In a sense, Geismar accuses Cather's heroines of sacrificing their marital roles for their art (172)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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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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My Antonia Essay: Contrasts between the Hired Girls and the Black Hawk Women - Contrasts between the "Hired Girls" and the Black Hawk Women in My Antonia    Willa Cather draws a stark contrast between the respectable women of Black Hawk and the “hired girls” in books II and III of My Antonia through Jim’s unavoidable attachment to them.  The “hired girls” are all immigrants who work in Black Hawk as servants to help support their families in the country.  They are hardworking and charming.  They are simple and complicated.  They are sad and joyful.  They work all day and dance all night.  For Jim they are the most interesting people who  reside in Black Hawk.  The respectable women are boring and predictable.  They all go to bed at the same time every night and get...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1031 words
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Comparing the American Dream in My Antonia, Neighbor Rosicky, and 0 Pioneers! - The American Dream in My Antonia, Neighbor Rosicky, and 0 Pioneers.       While many American immigrant narratives concentrate on the culture shock that awaits those who arrive from the more rural Old World to live in a city for the first time, Willa Cather's immigrants, often coming from urban European settings, face the vast and empty land of the plains. Guy Reynolds notes that "the massive outburst of America westwards was in part powered by the explosion of immigrants through the eastern seaboard and across the continent....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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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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Haute Cuisine and Antonin Careme - Haute Cuisine has been characterized by French cuisine, and modernized in every era. On June eighth, 1784 a revolutionary French cook was born Marie- Antoine Carème, also known as Antonin Crème. Antonin would inevitably be known as “The king of chefs, and chef of kings”. Antonin’s beginning would not be easy like a kings, his training would lead him to cook magnificently, and he would affect society for centuries with his amazing talent. Antonin was born in Paris, France, where he had been abandoned by his parents at the height of the French Revolution....   [tags: Haute Cuisine, diet, France, chefs, Antonin Careme] 518 words
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The Analysis of Antonio’s Character - The Analysis of Antonio’s Character The lines selected for analysis are Act II, Scene I, lines 277-291, when Antonio is trying to reassure Sebastian that killing his brother—the King of Naples—is a good idea and well worth the effort. As the reader knows, Antonio usurped his brother, Prospero, and became the Duke of Milan. This sets the stage for his attitude towards Sebastian’s wanting to kill his brother, King Alonso. Because of Antonio’s past actions he sees nothing wrong with getting rid of a family member for personal gain, but his reasons for doing so began at a young age and have been etched into his brain....   [tags: Antonio Sebastian Essays] 1589 words
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Antoni Gaudi i Cornet - On June 25, 1852, a man was born who would wow the world with his unconventional, artistic architectural masterpieces. Antoni Gaudí i Cornet was most likely born in Camp de Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain. His parents were Francesc Gaudí Serra, a coppersmith, and Antonia Cornet Bertran. Throughout his 73 years he gained increasing recognition for his magnificent work. As a child, he was diagnosed with rheumatism, which meant he had an exceptionally weak immune system and sensitive locomotive system (which includes joints, muscles, connective tissues, soft tissues around the joints and bones)....   [tags: art, architecture, church] 927 words
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