In Willa Cather’s, My Antonia, narrator Jim Burden defines happiness as “…to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.” As Jim is smart, perceptive, and connected to the people and places of his youth, it is no surprise that this is how he defines his sense of happiness. Would his closest friend, Antonia, agree, though? This essay will explore why Antonia would ultimately agree with Jim’s definition. While Antonia has endured a number of hardships in her life, she has consistently remained positive throughout these difficult times.
After doing so Hester had a very heavy weight taken off herself, and later on people started to appreciate her again. At the sight of Hester people would rejoice and would say “Do you see that woman with the embroidered badge? They would say too the strangers. “It is our Hester the town's own Hester, who is so kind to the poor, so helpful to the sick, so comfortable to the afflicted!” Hawthorne (13). This was all a very special gift to Hester, once being the towns shun now being known for her heroic deeds.
The Websters Dictionary portrays or defines happiness as a state of content,satisfaction or euphoria.Happiness is something that cannot be forced or simulated and it is more that just a simple feeling or emotion.It is more than just a noun used in the vocabulary of the average third grade child.Happiness is an undescribable sentiment that anything can experience depending on that specific thing.It is natural and one of a kind.Jim defines happiness as"to be dissolved into something complete and great.When it comes to one it comes as natural as sleep".I do believe that this is something that Antonia would agree with.Being a young Bohemian girl she was poor and many would say she no not what happiness was.Especially them moving to a new place where they dont speak the language and barely get by each day.This is not the case though as she finds happiness and it is as breathing to her.Upon one of her first meeting with the narrator Antonia feels a deep happiness.The
In my mind it seems as if Anne is giving Peter more self confidence. She certainly sees a lot of potential in Peter. Furthermore, I believe the initial quote I referenced genuinely means a lot. I believe that Anne lived out her words to the fullest. She lived out her whole life with hope and compassion through all the struggles she and her family faced.
I believe Anionia would agree with Jims quote "to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep" due to the very fact that she loved surrounding herself with the things she had a passion for. Although this is the case, i think the question is missing the full quote which would make a lot more sense. At the end of the chapter she said “At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.” The most important phrase here is “happiness” or else the quote is just a meaningless empty quote.
She kept the home running smoothly every day, even through times of grieving and sorrow. She kept her dog, Caesar, safe and well-cared for. Her time caring for the established home helped hone her skills not only in the homemaking area, but also mentally. She may have become an emotional wreck after being left alone by her family and fiance, but she found solace in her tasks and responsibilities. Especially important was the fact that Louisa had years to adjust to these major life changes.
Sweeney also showed a lot of talent when balancing the morbid curiosity that her family expects her to show when she is at home, and the happy and bouncing woman she appeared to be when with the fiancé character. Any other small critiques would be minute for Sweeney, as she had performed well in her show. In the end, the entire ensemble performed a fantastic show. With a bit more practice and revisions, I am sure that the already great performance can become even
. . in the fresh air, she loved.”(77) Anne was seeing the good in the really awful situation that she was in at the time. This explains how people are truly good at heart because she is trying to reassure herself and others that everything will work out and be ok in the end. Anne says “I think the world is going through a phase, the way I was with Mother.
Throughout the novel Antonia remains an optimistic character who always sees the glass as half full. This sense of optimism allows her to truly see and appreciate the beauty in nature and all people. She was very similar to her father in this sense, but her willingness to trust everyone leads to some of her greatest struggles. A key example of this is Larry, her fiance who abandoned and her with their child. There were rumors about Larry and his playboy nature, but Antonia choose to see the good in him and was even prepared to be married to a man who did not care as deeply for her as she believed.
We shared why Gamma Phi Beta has been so impactful to us, and more importantly laughed at ourselves. This conversation was one of the most impactful memories because it showed me that I could be completely different from my sister but still share all the same values. To this day, my roommate is one of my very close friends who I can tell absolutely anything. I am so fortunate that Gamma Phi Beta has given my sisters