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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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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]

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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]

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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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Literature Review: My Ántonia

- In My Ántonia, by Willa Cather, Peter and Paval help to portray what America was for many immigrants. Like many other immigrants, Peter and Paval see America as a place for a fresh start. In Russia the pair survived an unfortunate sledge massacre. However, the reason their sledge survived was because of foul play. The situation was one of those 'kill or be killed' situations; nonetheless they were exiled from their town. In fact, for five years “They went away to strange towns … [and] Wherever they went, the story followed them” (Cather 44)....   [tags: Literature Review ]

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Analysis Of The Book ' Friendship '

- Friendship means ‘a relationship in which two people expressed outward emotions of liking each other in a friendly manner; typically, the friends provide something for each other.’ This statement accurately depicts Jim and Antonia’s relationship towards each other. Though one can care more for one person than the other, in a loving type of way, unless both do not show that, it is considered a friendship. Jim did care for Antonia more, but because Antonia never expressed love, their relationship never went further....   [tags: Interpersonal relationship, Friendship, Love]

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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]

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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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And If You Ever Feel Alone...

- Loneliness is one of the most desolate emotions a human can feel; to feel alone means to be alone, at least most of the time. However, emotions are fickle and tend to stray away from the textbook definitions that humans have assigned them, instead choosing to become more complex. The complexity of emotions creates a multitude of interpretations, allowing each to become individualized with the human experiencing them. Writers have often taken advantage of the complexity of emotions and attempted to display them through their words, poems, and stories....   [tags: Soriting Laundry, Death of a Salesman]

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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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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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The Role of Ethnicity in Literature

- Though it has become less of an issue in recent times, distrust of foreigners has always been an issue. This can be easily observed in Willa Cather’s My Ántonia. Within the first few pages, a statement is made about ‘alienating foreigners’. Jake, a friend and fellow traveler, tells the main character, Jim, that while Ántonia Shimerda has “pretty brown eyes…”, he points out that you are “…likely to get diseases from foreigners.” Jim’s first impression of the Bohemians is that they are illiterate, uneducated, disease-carrying people....   [tags: Culture, Cultural, Diversity]

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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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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,]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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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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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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

- 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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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: 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]

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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]

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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]

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How to Give American Students a Billingual Education

- ... Despite the lingering criticism from the 1980s, President Clinton reenacts the bilingual education law in 1994; however, President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act, which requires all students to meet standards otherwise schools will receive penalties, negates the bilingual education law (Jost 1039). Since 1998, many states have passed loopholes bypassing the teaching of another language similar to California’s Proposition 227 stating the specific teaching method of English immersion, when students only receive instruction in English, for English language learners....   [tags: melting pot, immersion, neuroscientists]

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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]

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The Greatest Migrations And The American Dream

- The Greatest Migrations as a path to the American Dream Setting: The local PBS studio in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Tonight’s premiere episode of Imagining America will be hosted by Nathaniel Joslin, our three guests will discuss and explore the struggles that minorities encounter in the pursuit of the American Dream. The lights come on and the camera zooms in on the long discussion table that the host and three panelists are sitting around. Host: Good evening everyone. Thanks for tuning in....   [tags: United States, Immigration to the United States]

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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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The West : The True Nature Of People

- The American Western era was a fascinating time in history. Though it is often associated with clashes between cowboys, duels, and ghost towns, this was not the entire reality. The west was a complex and important time in American history. The people and events would shape America into what it has become today. This era, while an important one, is too often exaggerated and falsified. The truth of this era, therefore is lost in translation. In Cather’s My Antonia several aspects of the west are explored, including the true nature of people, the cruelty of nature, and the frequent struggle to survive....   [tags: Native Americans in the United States]

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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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Willa Cather 's My Antonia

- Willa Cather’s 1918 novel My Ántonia is often celebrated for its complimentary depiction of the immigrants that flocked to America at the turn of the twentieth century and hailed for its progressive approach to the ever-relevant immigrant debate. Despite the novel’s superficial benevolence towards foreigners, Janis Stout questions the authenticity of the book’s (and, by extension, Cather’s) kindnesses in her critical article “Coming to America/Escaping to Europe.” Stout argues that Cather’s ethnic characters (or lack thereof) reflect the popular, discriminatory views of her time, and extracts evidence from both the novel and the author’s personal life to buttress this claim....   [tags: United States]

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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 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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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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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]

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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]

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