There is a point in the novel where Ántonia desperately needs Jim; and though he has made her into the sun and stars, he turns and walks away, without a tinge of remorse. Willa Cather tells her own, truly marvelous tales in My Antonia. From Flickr, by Willa Cather Willa Cather — born 1873 near Winchester Virginia. It is a sort of magical world that is also real life, but I think that is how we talk about people we love — suspiciously comfortable; unreliable, but belonging. Many of these struggles stem from financial difficulties or differences in social or cultural expectations. Ántonia, the elder daughter in the Shimerda family, is a few years older than young Jim.
So Jim writes a memoir focused on his life in relation to Antonia and the remainder of the novel is this memoir. All of these elements converge to create a heart-warming story of friendship. National Endowment for the Arts. Cather opens the novel meeting her own character Jim Burden and inviting him to recount the story of Ántonia Shimmerda, a young Czech girl who grew up with him, and surprises the reader with an unexpected male voice and an unreliable narrator. When he finally visits Ántonia again, she is working on a farm with her husband, Anton Cuzak, also a Bohemian immigrant.
Shimerda shoots himself after arranging himself neatly in the barn. He meets pretty, lively, Antonia Tony Shimerda, four years older, teaches her English at the urging of her unhappy father, the mother is always complaining about her lack of things and will never be grateful. The narrative is divided into sections and although the narrative is meant to be about Antonia, she features mostly in the last section, a little bit in the first and less in the others. All we know about adult Jim is that he's married, and the original narrator of the book doesn't like his wife. Throughout, there is a delicate, dramatic tension in the relationship between Ántonia and Jim.
Immigrants like Antonia and Lena were not accepted as equals and would most likely not have the same opportunities education, jobs, etc. The worst part comes towards the end, when Jim has been away at college and fucking around with Lena Lingard, who is both awesome and way too good for Jim , and then comes home and tells Antonia that he loves her. Nearing the end of the book, the past is further explored as Jim spends a disappointing day in Black Hawk, where very few of the people from his youth remain. When the Harlings ask her to stop going because she is getting a bad reputation, Ántonia quits and starts working for , a notorious philanderer. She was laughter, and kindness, and the epitome of joie de vivre, while the harsh treatment of her neurotic, cruel mother and her jealous brother who made her work in the fields on neighboring farms like a man, never seemed to stop her from being who she was. Things will be easy for you. He was a respected violinist and philosopher in his own country.
Or a look of longing evoked as the eyes meet the face of the beloved. Cather's portrayal of immigrants is interesting. Gaston Cleric notices that Jim is being lax in his schoolwork and asks him to follow him to Harvard. Probably not, because no one ever talked about it after that scene Jim starts behaving like a self-centered little shit - ie, a teenager - and it's not fun to watch Antonia's life through his eyes anymore. Many of the these new settlers are from Europe, lured by the American government's promise and the law, that anyone who lives a certain amount of years on a property, it becomes theirs. Sorry about that graceless run-on incomplete sentence.
After three years in the country, Jim's grandparents move to the town of Black Hawk so that Jim can go to school. Who would not want to remember a childhood friend like Antonia Shimerda? Cuzak tells Jim how much he loves Ántonia, and the next day Jim leaves. They see the image of a plough magnified by the setting sun, and recognize it as a symbol of the end their time together. A quiet man, Jim loves the American West that he grew up in and is able to pursue his passion through his work with the railroad. After dealing with a difficult time over the winter without much money or many connections, Antonia's father finds himself even more depressed and homesick. The pressures of the new life are too much for Mr.
Burden, Jim's grandmother, suggests that Mrs. People often overestimate the size of packs of wolves and individual wolves. Her father commits suicide, forcing Ántonia to work in physically demanding jobs. In contrast almost all of the female characters are smart, reliable and the rock of the families. He finds Ántonia with her own family, continuing a kind of life he himself has lost. Kids crave security and a sense of protection; Little House on the Prairie hammered on that theme repeatedly, while only giving the reader a frisson of the actual dangers and hardships of frontier life.
I recently made a short trip to a place long from home, but with a prodigious landscape that I felt spoke to me directly and was like a new-found friend. He tells the speaker that he has been recording his memories of the girl, and a few months later, he brings a folder containing his writing to the speaker. Think about it - she's a young girl who takes over her father's responsibilities. In addition, her fiancé leaves her, and she gives birth to their daughter alone. Ántonia rejects his romantic advances, and tells him she cannot think of him as anything other than a younger brother.