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Willa Cather

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Carl, Part 2, Chapter 4 reedom so often means that one isn’t needed anywhere. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The New Yorker, PBS Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Relationship Between Humans & Nature Alexandra feels connected to nature but recognizes how harsh it can be. Fleetingness of Life Human life is precious but also fragile and easily snuffed out. Friendship & Love Relationships are profoundly important and determine the characters' paths in life. Themes Alexandra’s thoughtful, kind childhood friend; leaves home but returns after Emil’s death Carl Spirited, optimistic young woman; killed by her husband for having an affair with Emil Marie Alexandra’s intelligent, passionate youngest brother; killed by Marie’s husband Emil Fierce, hardworking farmer heartbroken by Emil’s death; finds peace and marries Carl Alexandra Main Characters Cather grew up on farms in Virginia and Nebraska. She began her writing career in journalism but later became renowned for her novels depicting life in the Great Plains. She is considered one of the most important American writers of her time, eventually winning a Pulitzer for her novel One of Ours (1922). WILLA CATHER1873–1947 Author After her brother is murdered, Alexandra finds closure by forgiving his killer. Moving On The farm eventually prospers, but Alexandra and her brothers become estranged. Middle Years Alexandra’s father dies, leaving his family to keep their farm going. Saving the Farm Alexandra Bergson, daughter of Swedish-American immigrants, struggles to keep her family’s farm going after her father’s death. She works relentlessly to make the farm profitable while facing family discord and tragedy, eventually finding lasting contentment and love. Farm Life in the Great Plains OVERVIEW English Original Language 1913 Year Published Willa Cather Author O Pioneers! Historical Fiction Novel

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