Despite the title of the book, “My Antonia” is very much centered on Jim Burden. The story begins with an outlook on Jim’s adult life, and we are then catapulted into his Nebraskan childhood. As the book progresses, we witness the mental and emotional development of Jim as he has new experiences and meets numerous people. The book then concludes with Jim again as an adult. As a reader, I have observed him complete a cycle (going from point a, to point b and arriving at point a again). Throughout the course of this cycle Jim relished the best days of his youth and endured the tribulations of life. The Virgil quotation “Optima dies… prima fugit” (the best days are the first to flee) is inserted at two points, prior to the introduction and prior
Stephanie McCurry convincingly argues that white females and enslaved Africans were able to form the allied States of America throughout the Civil War era. For McCurry, southern progressive set out to make “a proslavery antidemocratic state, dedicated to the proposition that all men were not created equal” (1). The author’s main point is to determine how white ladies and enslaved African-American ladies and gentleman during the Civil War strained the allied the government, to identify them as government agents. McCurry disagrees that these powerless groups worked out agency during the Civil War because of the general problems brought on by the war
As I analysed Barbara Kingsolver’s Naming Myself and Sandra Cisneros I noticed the concept of both poems are very similar. The concept of both poems is both Sandra and Barbara talk about their family’s history and how it doesn't represent them. Both poems mentioned their names having a bad history and both of them disliking their names.
From the time he is introduced, to the moments shortly before his untimely death, Jim Nolan proves himself as the most dynamic character in In Dubious Battle. Troubled by a tragic past and a feeling of worthlessness, Nolan looked to find meaning in his life. The most important step that Nolan took to turn his life around was deciding to join the “Party.” After doing so, his life took a sharp turn in the right direction. By looking at specific moments throughout the novel, we can see how Jim changed from a man whose life was unfulfilling, to a man whose life comprised of leadership and confidence.
The essay Be Specific by Natalie Goldberg was an essay thats main point to me was respect. Respect is something that every individual deserves. A synopsis of what respect means to me all leads back to the golden rule, treat others as you want to be treated. The example that Natalie used that was the most realistic to me was when she said "Hey, girl, get in line.". Many people in today 's world do not take the time to use names it is always hey you, dude, bro, girl, and so the list goes on; as a result our generation is known for being disrespectful in regards to previous years. Although, in today 's society disrespect is more common that is not the case for everyone. Respect is something that people have or they do not; it is mainly taught
“I’d like you to have you for a sweetheart, or a wife, or my mother or my sister, anything that a woman can be to a man (206).” Jim Burden, a young man, narrated his memories and friendship with a young immigrant named Antonia Shimerda. My Antonia was a novel that showed incapable relationship between two characters, but displayed the real beauty and love in life. Willa Cather’s book illustrated how the main characters created a strong friendship, but, were separated from a relationship by societal norms and expectations.
Poetry often takes different forms mainly because different poets have different styles through which they communicate their intended messages. According to Kathy, it is this style that defines the different works by different composers (Kathy 7). This paper hereby seeks to compare and contrast Heaven and I am a cowboy in the boat Ra. The main objective herein is to identify the similarities as well as differences between the two pieces of work. Apparently, the two poems were written by renowned composers in the late 20th century.
Young love is often exhilarating. Its fresh and new, nothing can slow it down. In My Antonia, Jimmy and Antonia fall in love at a young age but grow apart as they get old and go separate ways. Responsibility came in and occupied their lives. Jimmy grew old and tired, resulting in him being lethargic. Cather portrays friendship as being unavailing in the long run in order to prove the existential belief that everyone is going to die.
When we reflected on the stories of Someday My Elders Will be Proud and In Search of Sangam we came together as a group and reflected on each story. In the first story Someday My Elders Will be Proud.A native American woman named Jean from Bismarck, North Dakota, tells the story of how she experienced two completely different worlds. She talks about how her mother raised her and her three brothers after their father left them when she was very young. When the children were young, their mother would go to work and their drunk, abusive uncle would care for them. The abuse from her uncle left emotional scars. Jean does well in high school and qualifies for a scholarship for an elite secondary school. She felt out of place since she couldn't really
Lucille Tenazas is certainly the kind of person who welcomes all sorts of experiences with open arms and lets them sink into her mind and feelings and purify her personality. All bits of her experiences, particularly those with a cultural and social aspect, have turned her into an exceptional figure, a figure that is respectable to everyone.
The poem “Making Sarah Cry” and the play “The Watsons go to Birmingham” have the similar theme of being different. In “Making Sarah Cry” Sarah is different from the other kids on the playground. In “The Watsons go to Birmingham” the Watson family has a different skin color so they are separated from whites to do everyday tasks. The texts, both share a similar theme, but have different qualities. For example, in “Making Sarah Cry” only two people are excluded from playing with kids because of their differences. However, in “The Watsons go to Birmingham” an entire race is excluded from performing everyday tasks with whites because of their differences.
When two people from vastly different walks of life cross paths, they are bound to learn a lot from each other. My Ántonia by Willa Cather is set in Nebraska in the late 1800s and tells the story of the relationship between a Bohemian immigrant, Ántonia Shimerda, and an American boy, Jim Burden. In the beginning of their relationship, Jim teaches Ántonia English as requested by Mr. Shimerda. However, Jim learns more through their relationship because Ántonia inadvertently teaches him things he would not have learned otherwise.
Two stories and two magical wishes. The Monkey’s Paw and the Story of an Hour share several similarities throughout the passage. In the beginning of each passage, the author creates a sense of mystery and curiosity for the readers. As each passage reveals the characters in the story, the reader begins to relate the characters role from each story and how they act towards the conflict in the text. These different events, conflicts, or plot in both stories connect with death and wishes. The message from the two passages are relatively the same based on the characters, events and plot. The main connections between the two articles are characters, theme, plot and authors point of view.
The similarities these two stories share is, they both have female protagonist who are married and dealing with emotional states of their lives- Mary is pregnant and Mrs. Mallard has heart trouble. Also, both protagonists are young women who are living in a society where it is expected of a women to get married and have children. In addition, they both show two women who eventually realize that they can handle being single and free from the societal standards in the late 18th and early 19th century. However, they also differ because Mrs. Mallard is coping with her husband’s supposed death while Mary Maloney is done with her husband’s excuses and lies. Also, Mary murders her husband by the falling action unlike, Mrs. Mallard who dies towards the end of the story. Finally, each story proves to readers that despite the setting of the stories women can be happy and satisfied with being single and independent on their
Have you ever wondered what it would be life to live in the middle of nowhere or on a vast and empty prairie? Willa Cather’s book , My Antonia, like many of her other books, takes place in the vast prairies of Nebraska. The book’s introduction is a man remembering his childhood in Nebraska, with his friend Antonia. Throughout the book Antonia is constantly brought up, even after Jim moves to New York. Throughout Jim’s life he faces many changes, but never forgets Antonia and his home town.