To begin, both Lena and Ántonia begin in somewhat dire circumstances as they are young, financially poor, female immigrants in a foreign country, which places them in a position of the social “other”. However, it is their marginalization that provides the conditions and motive that progress these you...
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... women represent the American experience. Individuals immigrate to this land of opportunity, much like Ántonia, Lena and their families, and try to reinvent or better themselves socio-economically. This struggle to achieve a better quality of life is one of the notions that America was founded upon; pioneers forming a new life for themselves on their own terms. However, in this case it is women pioneering toward a sense of social equality, and Cather displays this with an archetypal and even exaggerated case of marginalization that progresses into success and self-realisation; ultimately arguing that America should be, if it is not already, a place where everyone can experience social freedom and choice, including women, as it can be the growth of society generally.
Cather, Willa. My Ántonia. United States: Oxford University Press Inc., 2006. Print.
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