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  • Jim And Antonia A Tragic Tale
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    In the past, critics have ad moralized and / or brutalized every writer they could get their pen on. This is seen from criticisms of Henry Adams to William Butler Yeats. These writers 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 the My Antonia's books. In other words, as a collection of five different ac...
  • Train At Black Hawk
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    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 tr...
  • Jim And Antonia
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    My Antonia has been called nostalgic and elegiac because it celebrates the past. The inscription on the title page of My Antonia is a quotation from Virgil: 'Optima dies... prima fug it. ' This sentence, meaning " the best days are first to flee', helps incorporate all the elements of the novel I would like to discuss. It not only makes clear that Willa Cather will deal with memories of a glorious past, but also allows suitable basis to show how nature can change and affect a relationship. It al...
  • Gallant As The One Antonia
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    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 prairies 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 tr...
  • Novel My Antonia
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    The Alembic of Art is the chapter of My Antonia The Road Home that will be discussed. This chapter suggests that Willa Cather uses references from the arts in creating the novel My Antonia. Much of Willa Cather's background came from her childhood in Nebraska. It even uprooted the character Annie Sadi lek, from Red Cloud, a town Cather lived in during her adolescence ("Classic Notes", 1). Despite her background, John J. Murphy believes "My Antonia is a novel in which vision and arrangement creat...
  • Descriptions Of The Jim's Environment
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    A Landscape of Emotions Being consumed by one's surroundings results in an impressionable experience. Taking a deep breath of fresh air, admiring a breathtaking view, and watching the sizzling sunset evoke emotions. Willa Cather effectively evokes emotions in the reader, in order to relate to the characters' feelings, by providing vivid descriptions of the setting, as well as through the reactions of Jim. From the start of the novel to the very end, descriptions of the Jim's environment reflect ...
  • Antonia And Jim
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    Sheena Dawkins My Antonia: Summary Ms. Jackson October 2, 2000 My Antonia: Summary My Antonia was written by Willa Cather in 1918. The story stars out with a young boy named Jim Burden. E travels by cross- country train to live with his grandparents at the age of ten. His grandparents live on the Nebraska frontier. He has just recently lost both of his parents, and he is accompanied by a farm hand named Jake. On the same train is a bohemian family that can barley speak English. They are going to...
  • Influence Of Antonia On Jim
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    My Antonia Essay In everybodys life, there is always someone that has a greater influence on him or her more than anyone else would. In Willa Catchers My Antonia, Antonia Shimerda is that person in Jim Burdens life. Id have liked to have you for a sweetheart, or a wife, or my mother or my sister-anything that a woman can be to a man. The idea of you is a part of my mind; you influence my likes and dislikes, all my tastes, hundreds of times when I dont realize it. You really are a part of me. (p....
  • America Antonia Changes
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    THEME my antonia by willa cather. a story of friends, love, immigration, and most importantly CHANGE. the whole book of my antonia is about CHANGE. antonia CHANGES from an illiterate child from bohemia to an intelligent woman in america. antonia CHANGES from living well off in bohemia to living poorly in america. antonia CHANGES from being an innocent little girl to being a hard working teenager. then there is jim burden, who you could call antonias best friend, or you could go a step further an...
  • Antonia And Jim
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    Setting My Antonia takes place mostly in the countryside in Nebraska. Many events happen because of this location. Russian Pavel is wounded working in the country, later he dies. Mr. Shimerda commits suicide because he is not used to country living and does not like it. The main characters move to Black Hawk, a nearby town to their farm, only to return to the country in end. Characters Jim Burden, the narrator of the novel, comes to Nebraska to live with his grandparents. He spends a few years o...
  • Antonia And Jim's Separation
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    The Use of Parallels and Imagery in My Antonia by: D.P. (AKiN) 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 coming 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, ...
  • Male And Female Gender Traits
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    My Antonia: Non-traditional Gender Roles "Boys will be boys" is a clich often used when males exemplify the traits of wild, abandoned exploration, or use poor judgment in situations due to a desire to fulfill self. These traits, however, are seen as great downfalls and serious cause for concern should females display the same characteristics. Willa Cather beautifully portrays characters that defy stereotypical gender roles in her novel, My Antonia. Not only do the main characters, Jim Burden and...
  • Antonia And Mrs Burden
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    MAIN THEME The main theme of My Antonia is Jim Burden's fascination with Antonia as she represents two things: first, she represents an alternative to his life as a middle-class boy. She breaks out of the boundaries of class and gender with seeming ease while he is constrained within them. Second, Antonia represents a close tie to the land. Jim loves the land, but is able to give it up for the successes of the city, while Antonia is happiest when closest to it. MINOR THEME The minor theme of the...
  • Ambrosch Shimerda Antonia's Mean Brother Marek Shimerda
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    Author: Willa S ibert 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 novelist...
  • Land In My Antonia
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    "My Antonia" My Antonia is an ideal book to introduce one to because it deals with the great variety of people from other countries who were confronted simultaneously with the creation of new lives and a new country. Willa Cather focused on depicting ethnic values of the different cultures of the various immigrants who came to Nebraska. I was amazed at the hardships, the plight, and the conditions of life on the rural Nebraska prairie land of the late nineteenth century America that Cather refer...
  • Jim And Antonia
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    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 t...
  • Jim Burden And Lena Lingard
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    The American Dream. Its the life that everyone would like to live, and work their life away to accomplish it. For many, there are different versions of this stature that has become infamous throughout American history. When one breaks it down, however, there are actually four tenants of the American Dream. Land. Individualism. Progress. Self-reliance. The search for the American Dream is a story that could be told a thousand times, and My Antonia is no different. For every tenant, there is a cha...
  • Jim's Affection With Antonia
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    A psychoanalytical look into Jim^s search for a parent in contrast to the importance of the introduction. Willa Cather, "My Antonia". In ^My Antonia^ we notice there is more going on in this novel than just what is apparent immediately. Based on that assumption I made the realization that a simple regurgitation of facts would not be sufficient in order to explain the story behind the story. A psychoanalytical look at the characters will give a better understanding of action vs. intent of each in...
  • Willa Cather's Many Novels
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    Willa Cather was born on December 7, 1873 in Back Creek Valley, near Gore, Virginia (Cyclopedia 367). Cather's dads name was Charles Cather. He was an average farmer. Her mothers name was Mary Virginia Book Cather. Her mother was the eldest of the couple's four children, who also included brothers Roscoe and Douglass and a second Daughter, Jessica (Magill's Survey 343). Cather was a very avid reader. Since she was moving constantly until the age of about nine, she did not stay in any one school ...

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