Philosophies Of Life In John Cather's O Pioneers

640 Words3 Pages
Out of the three philosophies of life, Realism, Romanticism, and Naturalism, in Cather’s book I believe she favored naturalism. Naturalism seems good to have because knowing that something happened for a reason, and beyond one’s control helps with resentment. In the book “O Pioneers” Cather includes all three philosophies of life in a way that ties them all together. Realism helps keep people grounded and lets them see both sides of something. It does not show up as much as the other philosophies do, but Cather still puts parts in there where Realism gets noticed. In Part II it shows a part where Carl sees Emil and Marie hunting in the morning. Marie says “Don’t be cross, Emil. Only Ivar’s - right about wild things. They’re too happy to kill. You can just tell how they felt when they flew up. They were scared, but they didn’t really…show more content…
In Cather's book from a naturalistic view, a character's fate has already got decided, by forces of nature beyond human control. In Part I John Bergson had many unfortunate events happen to him which prevented him from ever making the land how he wanted. In the book it says “In eleven long years John Bergson had made but little impression upon the wild land he had come to tame.” Cather uses Naturalism throughout the whole book, even some of the realistic and romantic parts seem naturalistic. For example in Part IV when Emil and Marie died I explained the view of a romantic but a naturalist would see it much differently. In the book it says “For Emil the chapter had been short. He was shot in the heart, and had rolled over on his back and died.” It also says “But for Marie Shabata it had not been so easy. One ball had torn through her right lung, another had shattered the carotid artery.” The naturalistic would pay more attention to this part than the part when Marie crawled to Emil. The naturalist would see two young people who had died due to their own
Open Document