O Pioneers! Essays

  • Realism In Willa Cather's O Pioneers !

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    In the novel, “O Pioneers!”, the character Alexandra Bergson ties to the author, Willa Cather. When Cather wrote this story, she used a lot of her own characteristics to develop Alexandra. In the story, Alexandra learns that Realistic, Romantic, and Naturalistic views exist throughout everything one might go through in life, very similar to what Cather most likely experienced. Cather’s three philosophies on life go along with the topics of Realistic, Romantic, and Naturalistic. I personally think

  • O Pioneers Willa Cather Analysis

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    Among the three philosophies of life: Realism, Romanticism, and Naturalism, people tend to believe in one more strongly than others. After reading Willa Cather’s “O Pioneers!” and the poem she named the book after, “Pioneers! O Pioneers!”, I have come to the conclusion that she had more of a Romantic outlook. Some may say that because many of the events in her book were Naturalistic she had a Naturalistic outlook, and while I understand where this thought stems from, I have to disagree. Although

  • Willa Cather Romanticism

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    In the book “O Pioneers!” Willa Cather discusses her views on the three philosophies of life. She makes it clear as to which one she personally adheres, from a Realistic, Romantic and Naturalistic view of the world. Cather uses many circumstances of each type of philosophy. Willa uses Romanticism lots of times in her story. For instance, in Part 4, Chapter 7-8 after Frank kills Marie and Emil, Cather says, “two white butterflies from Frank's alfalfa-field were fluttering in and out among the interlacing

  • Analysis Of Short Story 'Boys And Girls' By Alice Munro

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    The story that I had presented for my oral presentation in Task 1 is ‘Boys and Girls’ is a by Alice Munro. This simple short story is about a young girl’s resistance to womanhood in a society infested with gender roles and stereotypes but have to accept the gender stereotyping in the end of the story. The story takes place in the 1940s on a fox farm outside of Jubilee, Ontario. The relevant theories of literary criticisms that can be applied to the ‘Boys and Girls’ short story are historical criticism

  • Willa Cather's O Pioneers !

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    Willa Cather 's O Pioneers! indeed influenced her life, Cather reflected herself on the main protagonist of O Pioneers! Alexandra. She is a resourceful, practical person who loves and understands the land as no one else in the novel does. Cather feels that her career as a novelist really began with O Pioneers! was an abiding one and was restated in an essay she wrote in 1931 for The Colophon titled "My First Novels

  • 'Realism In Cather's O Pioneers'

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    In the story O Pioneers, Cather presents the frontier in a way that writers generally describe in a romantic point of view. Cather raises the story in a naturalistic way, where the divide always has ways of making the situation worse. However, despite Cather writing the story, who has such naturalistic views about life, some areas portray romantic or realistic values. The title of her book, O Pioneers, comes from the romanticised poem by Walt Whitman about the frontier. This could foreshadow the

  • O Pioneer Character Analysis

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    exactly where her benefits and advantages lay in comparing with men. The essential factors to Alexandra’s success under the difficult and terrible situations include her willingness to learn from others, and her strong will, passion, and desire. In O Pioneer, Alexandra was an emancipated woman to some degree because she was financial independence by managing the land and her hard work. Her economic independence enabled her to have a final decision in her affair to get married to Carl oppose her brothers

  • Alexandra, A Pioneer Woman In Willa Cather's O Pioneer

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    Alexandra, a pioneer woman in Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! Sanjeev Kumar Research Scholar, P.G. Department of English, Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University Bhagalpur. Mob: 09470282915 ; Email: dr.sanjeev_kr@rediffmail.com (Abstract) It accepted that Alexandra became

  • Realism In Willa Cather's O Pioneers

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    As Willa Cather wrote “O Pioneers!” she drew from 3 main philosophies of life, Realism, Romanticism, and Naturalism. While one book or story may adhere to just one of these philosophies, Cather was able to masterfully combine all of them. For starters, realism gets best described as “A faithful representation of reality”. One example of this in O Pioneers! Would come in chapter 1 of part 1 when Alexandra says "Yes. He is coming over to-morrow. But he says father can 't get better; can 't get well

  • Butterflies In Willa Cather's O Pioneers

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    interpreted as a lot more than beautiful, flying insects. In O Pioneers these insects are mostly shown as being white in color, this color can be understood in many different ways. Willa Cather uses moths and butterflies many times throughout her novel. There are several legends and beliefs that show how the butterfly is a spiritual being, that represents humans. She uses them as a way to compare the characters to the insects. Throughout O Pioneers white butterflies and moths are always found fluttering

  • O Pioneers By Willa Cather Analysis

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    “A pioneer should have imagination, should be able to enjoy the idea of things more than the things themselves” (Cather 38). This quote from the book, O Pioneers! by Willa Cather it’s basically saying that a pioneer isn’t supposed to need a perfect world because they should be able to imagine one even in the harshest times and conditions. Their work and imagination should be what creates a better world for themselves. Alexandra Bergson’s family immigrated to the United States and settled in Omaha

  • Naturalistic Thinking In O Pioneers ! By Willa Cather

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    In “O Pioneers!” by Willa Cather it is easy to see how similar Cather is to her own character Alexandra Bergson, who many of Cather’s own views can be learned through. Throughout the story there are many examples of realistic, romantic, and naturalistic thinking. Realistic thinking may not be represented the most by in “O Pioneers!”, but I believe Cather leaned toward it a little more than the other types of thinking. She had a realistic view of a woman’s place in society and refused to just be a

  • Ave Maria In Willa Cather's 'O' Pioneers

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    throughout the Christian world. Willa Cather had a reason why she put Gounod’s Ave Maria and the “Jewel” song in her book O’ Pioneers!. Ave Maria is referenced to “Hail Mary”, which is also talked about how the Virgin Mary will give birth to a baby boy (Jesus Christ) and the “Jewel” song is about a woman that finds a casket full of jewels on her front step. In Willa Cather’s, O’ Pioneers!, Gounod 's Ave Marie and Jewel is regularly linked around Emil. Both “Ave Maria” and the “Jewel” song is always in

  • American Law In Willa Cather's O Pioneers

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    The "American Law" is an allusion Willa Cather used in the novel O Pioneers!. The women 's rights back in the early 1900s weren 't very good, compared to their rights currently. Also think about about why she used the Allusion "American Law", specifically women 's rights in the book. The American Law that was show in the book was about women 's rights. In the book it said “You don 't have to go if you don 't want to. A third of the place belongs to you by American law, and we can 't sell without

  • Point Of View In Alaska Cather's O Pioneers

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    O Pioneers is a book challenging the “American Dream” by using the Three points of view, Realistic, Romantic and Naturalistic. Cather personally addresses realistic point of view because of all the uncontrollable things that happen throughout the book, like like when Emil and Marie were murdered by Frank. Another reason Cather personally addresses the realistic point of view is because when Carl came back to see Alexandra then left for Alaska to look for gold. Cather also addresses the other points

  • O Pioneers ! By Willa Cather: A Literary Analysis

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    three of these philosophies in her story, O Pioneers!, a novel inspired by the poem Pioneers! O Pioneers!, written by Walt Whitman. While Cather uses all three philosophies to write her novel, she uses Naturalism most frequently. Although Cather incorporated Realism in her novel, she seldom used it and made it hard to catch because she used it in the most dramatic parts. For example, in the poem titled Prairie Spring, also inspired by Pioneers! O Pioneers!, Cather wrote about the rough land of the

  • What Is Naturalism In Willa Cather's O Pioneers?

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    pulses of the world, Falling in they beat for us, with the Western movement beat, Holding single or together, steady moving to the front, all for us, Pioneers! O Pioneers!” Willa Cather’s depictions of frontier life exist as both realistic and specific. Cather grew up on the Nebraskan Great Plains, in surroundings that inspired the setting of “O Pioneers!” This story discusses the story of the Bergson family, who owns a farm on the highland prairies of Nebraska, otherwise knows as, "the Divide." This

  • Into The Wild And Thoreau's Into The Wild

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    Human beings: wonderful creatures who must rely on others from time to time, and occasionally become overconfident in their abilities. In Walden; Or, Life in the Woods, Thoreau encourages self-reliance by articulating the benefits. Thoreau’s experiences influenced Chris McCandless, whose untimely death in Alaska inspired the book and movie Into the Wild. The book and movie about McCandless in turn drove others to become overconfident in their abilities to try to live in the wild, which led to dangerous

  • Self-Sacrifice In Willa Cather's O Pioneer

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    you look at the future, if you can make it. Does that mean doing things right such as being responsible? "Doing things right thing for someone else occasionally means doing something that feels wrong to you."(Jodi Picoult). Willa Cather author of [O Pioneer!] gives us examples of self-sacrifice with love, family and yourself. This theme is based of four fortifying characters named, Alexandra, Frank, Marie, and Emil. Wonder what my reasoning is for having these four characters, set upon this subject

  • King Herod In Willa Cather's O Pioneers !

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    about his wife and Emil Bergson’s secret love. Willa Cather uses allusions in her book, O Pioneers!. In the novel reference she compared Frank to Herod the Great. That will be my first paragraph. Next I will talk about Herod and his background information. Lastly I will talk about why Cather used King Herod as an allusion to Frank Shabata in her book. Kind Herod is compared to Frank Shabata in her novel, o pioneers!, using an allusion. “The spirit he had met in music was his own. Frank Shabata had