Cather Essays

  • willa cather

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    The Life of Willa Cather One of the many authors who’s works we have read this year is Willa Cather. Cather is an author who in a way I feel I can relate to. Cather not only writes about Nebraska in many of her novels, she is also grew up in Red Cloud, The same town as me. Willa Cather was born on December 7, 1873 in Back Creek Valley , Virginia. She was named Wilella after her aunt on her fathers side of the family (Norris). Later in her life she would have her name changed to Willa. In 1883 at

  • Willa Cather on Art

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    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

  • Willa Cather Research Paper

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    Willa Cather is perceived as one of the most outstanding American authors of the twentieth century. Although she became very successful, her writing years did not start with ease as she had trouble supporting herself through her writings. Cather drew from experience to make herself a better writer. This essay covers a portion of her life as a writer and what led her to becoming a well-known author. Willa Cather began her career in 1895 as an editor for the Home Monthly magazine in Pittsburgh. To

  • "The Garden Lodge" by Willa Cather

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    throughout the story, especially when the story flashbacks to her childhood. Willa Cather tells rather than shows her characters. 1. Caroline Noble- She is the protagonist/hero and her plausible motivation for not wanting to build the new summer house was her musical past and how the garden lodge reminded her of that. She quickly says to how it would be “ almost a shame, doesn't it, after d'Esquerre has used it”(Cather 3) as a good excuse for not replacing the lodge. She eventually changes her mind

  • Analysis of Paul's Case by Willa Cather

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    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

  • Analysis of Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather

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    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,

  • Paul's Case by Willa Cather - Socrates’ Perspective of the Courageous Paul

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    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. Later on

  • A Lost Lady by Willa Cather

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    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. The way that the reader is able to construe the Willa Cather on how Mr. and Mrs. Forrester fell in love is a concept that leads the reader to believe that it is merely psychological based. As Mrs. Forrester goes through her experiences such as the death of her husband, the affairs that she took part in with

  • My Antonia by Willa Cather

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    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

  • A Wagner Matinee by Willa Cather

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    all the chores their parents couldn’t. Work was their life and it formed them into people that were unrecognizable. The evolved to survive and had to make sacrifices, but this doesn’t make them bad people. Within the story A Wagner Matinee by Willa Cather, it portrayed three things about Nebraska and Boston: living conditions, out of place, and isolated. People in the two different places have different living condition as shown in Matinee. Culture in different states and towns are never exactly the

  • My Antonia by Willa Cather

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    time spent with Antonia because he has had feelings for her his entire life Talki... ... middle of paper ... ...ey sent on the Nebraska landscape. Both characters are happy throughout the novel, however, they refer to the time thy spent together. Cather is trying to show that Jim and Antonia are fond of a simple part of their lives; where they would explore the land. The last stanza of the novel reads, “I had the sense of coming home to myself, and of having found out what a little circle man’s experience

  • O Pioneers By Willa Cather Summary

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    Cather, Willa. O Pioneers!. Philadelphia: Running Press, 1997 O Pioneers!, a novel by Willa Cather is a dramatic romance. The story takes place in a Farm outside of Hanover, Nebraska. This story is set in 1997. This story is about a romance in two different relationships. Alexandra Bergson is a hard working women. She struggles at first but does not give up. Alexandra’s hard work finally pays off. She is really successful and really wealthy. She is a mentor to her under brother. She does not

  • Analysis Of My Antonia By Willa Cather

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    My Ántonia by Willa Cather is a story of the coming of age of Jim Burden and Ántonia Shimerda. The recently orphaned Jim moves to Blackhawk Nebraska to live with his grandparents. On his trip from Virginia to Nebraska, Jim first catches glimpse of the Bohemian immigrant family who happen to be moving in near the Burdens. Because she Shimerda’s speak no english, they are quickly cheated out of their money and have moved into a small lean-to on the side of a hill. Jim’s grandmother is a very kind

  • Materialism in Paul's Case by Willa Cather

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    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

  • The Theme Of Music In The Wagner Matinee By Willa Cather

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    larger. Though each hunger is unique, in Cather’s works what satiates this longing is somewhat constant. In such works as The Great Short Works of Willa Cather, My Ántonia, and One of Ours, Cather’s consistently unsettled characters find meaning and personal fulfillment in music and the environment. Music is everywhere in the works of Willa Cather. It exists as a subject and also in the background. Never incidental, it is a symbol or metaphor that underscores the action. Beyond that, music is something

  • Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament by Willa Cather

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    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

  • Analysis Of Paul's Case Willa Cather

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    Courtney Duban English 202 4/27/14 “Paul’s Case” By Willa Cather In the short story, “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather”, a young male named Paul, has his own life of dreams but consequences that later come with it. Paul is obsessed with money, thinking that money is the only thing in life that makes life better. Paul is later tangled up in the” high class” life and ends up making his way through by stealing money. He then runs away to New York to experience his life dreams until he ends up taking his

  • Sense Of Regret In A Wagner Matinee By Willa Cather

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    Wagner Matinee”, Cather uses a sense of regret, along with the setting and the music from the concert hall, to bring a sense of sadness to the story and to Aunt Georgiana. Aunt Georgiana was a music teacher who loved her career but gave it up to marry a farmer. She recognized her mistakes and moves on to regret marrying the farmer. As Aunt Georgiana continues to live with Mr. Clark, she cannot help but think about how she wanted to live her own life without anyone controlling her. Cather uses a sense

  • Discussion Questions On My Antonia By Willa Cather

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    Answer: Writing Assignment #1: 1.) My Ántonia written by Willa Cather is overflowing with symbolization, from land to animals to pieces of furniture. There are three though that have deep roots and meaning, both in the book and in the reader's interpretation of the scenario surrounding it. The first being Mr. Shimerda’s grave. After Mr. Shimerda commits suicide, he is buried in the prairie on what later becomes a crossroads. Jim expresses how "in all that country [the gravesite] was the spot most

  • Willa Cather Describes Erotics of Place in her Novel, A Lost Lady

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    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