How Does Willa Cather Characterize Antonia

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In the book My Antonia by Willa Cather, one of the main characters is Antonia. Willa Cather admires the character Antonia for a variety of reasons. In fact, the character is actually based off of an actual girl from Willa Cather's childhood. The girl she choose to base Antonia off of was also the daughter of an immigrant who committed suicide after suffering through hopelessness and despair. I believe that Will Cather really admired Antonia for her positive attitude and her ability to always make the best of her situations, even when they are unideal. Another very admirable quality of Antonia is her independence and strength even in the midst of trials. For instances Willa makes many references to Antonia being strong and independent like
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