This is a story of the early settlers in Nebraska; a story of hardships, successes, community, change. There was only--spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere: in the sky, in the swift clouds, in the pale sunshine, and in the warm, high wind---rising suddenly, sinking suddenly, impulsive and playful like a big puppy that pawed you and then lay down to be petted. Cather's Nebraska is vividly realised and her attitudes to her characters and particularly those who fall foul of conventional moral judgments seem very modern for a book first published in 1918. Lena Lingard Hired girl come from the countryside to work as a dressmaker in Black Hawk. Shimerda, but nothing is ever proven.
He is buried without formal rites at the corner marker of their homestead, a place that is left alone when the territory is later marked out with section lines and roads. Twenty years pass before Jim is able to visit Ántonia again. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Jim's grandparents are kindly people with simple religious beliefs and very generous natures. Summary: The first-person introduction is written in the voice of a childhood friend of , who is the narrator for the remainder of the novel. They went away to strange towns, but when people learned where they came from, they were always asked if they knew the two men who had fed the bride to the wolves. The novel ends with a consideration of all that Antonia has meant to him.
The memory of his first ride over that road comes to him strongly. 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. For Cleric, who idolizes Virgil and talks in poetic metaphors, academia and the world of ideas is home. She's able to relate the characters and their emotions to the physical setting in which they live. She opens a sailor's boardinghouse in Seattle, then makes her fortune in the Klondike gold rush, by feeding the gold miners, working her own claim and becoming a founder of the town of in the Yukon.
He becomes increasingly depressed over the way his life has changed after moving and eventually dies by suicide. Otto Fuchs Farm hand from Austria at the Burden place. Her name is always pronounced as her father said it,. That being said, I'd heard enough good things about it to give it a try. Her personality continues to influence him.
I have somehow spent almost a month reading this little book and in that course a lot of people around me asked what sort of a book this was? Seeing Antonia working in the fields and doing heavy, male farm work does not seem proper. He was on his way by train to live with his grandparents, Josiah and Emmeline Burden, in the remote outskirts of Nebraska. National Endowment of the Arts. I never cracked the spine. Ántonia's father, Lena, the two Russians and their guilt, Jack and Otto, the Cutters, and everyone else.
Antonia is happy with her circumstances, and her children are a continuation of her family and herself. Shimerda leaves a lasting impact on Jim and Antonia. He did not want to move from Bohemia, where he had a skilled trade, a home and friends with whom he could play his violin. Burden, Jim's grandmother, suggests that Mrs. Jim Burden sets down everything the name of Ántonia brings back to him.
Jim promises to return again to visit. We get the friendship part, right? Though Cather bases the character Ántonia on a real person that she knew during her Nebraska childhood, she chooses not to describe her from a female perspective. Shimerda shoots himself after arranging himself neatly in the barn. Antonia and her eldest son, Rudolph, tell Jim the story of Wick Cutter's murder. This was the road over which Ántonia and I came on that night when we got off the train at Black Hawk and were bedded down in the straw, wondering children, being taken we knew not whither. Throughout the book, everyone seems to be trying to pursue the American Dream.
Instead, she embodies his boundless passion for the West that he has made a career out of exploring and developing. When he finally visits Ántonia again, she is working on a farm with her husband, Anton Cuzak, also a Bohemian immigrant. On the train out west, Jim gets his first glimpse of the Shimerdas, a Bohemian immigrant family traveling in the same direction. The situation with Ordinsky and the Colonel echoes what happened with Ole Benson when Lena was younger. Months later, Jim brings the narrator a manuscript he has written, called Ántonia.