My Antonia and the American Dream After reading My Ántonia by Willa Cather I believe that I have similar ideas about the American Dream as those in the story. I live in the country on a small family farm. My upbringing has taught me to enjoy wide open spaces, hard work, agriculture, and freedom. Will Cather writes, “I can remember exactly how the country looked to me as I walked beside my grandmother along the faint wagon-tracks on that early September morning. Perhaps the glide of long railway travel was still with me, for more than anything else I felt motion in the landscape; in the fresh, easy-blowing morning wind, and in the earth itself, as if the shaggy grass were a sort of loose hide, and underneath it herds of wild buffalo were galloping, galloping...(7).