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Willa Cather

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Narrator, Introduction ore than any other person we remembered, this girl seemed to mean to us the country, the conditions, the whole adventure of our childhood. Sources: PBS, Willa Cather Archive, Willa Cather Foundation Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. The Promise of America The path from childhood to adulthood entails difficult lessons. Coming of Age Everyone wants the American dream, but it’s achieved only by some. Memory Memories connect people to the past and prod them to change. Themes Ambitious young woman from a large Swedish family; builds a successful business and remains single Lena Lingard Ántonia’s friend and admirer; narrates their childhood together; matures from moody teen to serious lawyer Jim Burden Warm, vibrant girl from a poor Bohemian family; hardworking but gets taken advantage of Ántonia Shimerda Main Characters Drawing heavily on her own childhood years on the Nebraska prairie, Cather’s best-known work conveys the nostalgia she felt for the frontier and the immigrants whose stories became her own. Like many of her female characters, Cather chose to live an unconventional life and achieved success on her own terms. WILLA CATHER1873–1947 Author Stands for Bohemian culture and identity, which endure on the frontier Mr. Shimerda’s Violin Symbolizes opportunity for freedom and self-realization Prairie Represents a vanishing way of life, the Nebraska of Jim’s childhood Plough Jim Burden reflects on his childhood in the vast prairie of Nebraska, the struggle of immigrant settlers to carve out a living and a place in American society, and the girl who represents it all. Despite the passage of time and distance, shared memories forever unite Jim and Ántonia. Growing Up on the American Prairie SYMBOLS English Original Language 1918 Year Published Willa Cather Author My Ántonia Drama Novel

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