Willa Cather Essays

  • 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

  • O Pioneers ! By Willa Cather: A Literary Analysis

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    as the three philosophies of life. These three philosophies consist of Naturalism, Realism, and Romanticism. Author Willa Cather displays all 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

  • 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

  • An Analysis Of Willa Cather's My Antonia

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    sheet-iron (Cather, Introduction).” Within the novel “My Ántonia,” the author, Willa Cather creates a fictional character Jim Burden whose childhood experiences seems to mirror Cather’s own life. This heartwarming story, written in autobiographical form, tells a tale of two very different people thrust together in similar circumstances during a vulnerable time in both of their lives. They forge a friendship that withstands much happiness, many hardships, and endures a lifetime. Could it be that Willa Cather

  • Voltaire's Candide: Mistreatment Of Women

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    Eula Biss reasons that people need to act collectively in order to truly inoculate themselves from their fears. “If vaccination can be conscripted into acts of war, it can still be instrumental in works of love.”, she says as she realizes that people are delineating the good from the bad of vaccinations. Connections between these two are inevitable, and it is when people register them do they begin to act collectively. One example, in Voltaire’s Candide, he exposes the mistreatment of women through

  • Willa Cather's O Pioneers !

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    Willa Cather was born on December 7, 1873, in the back creek valley of virginia. Willa was born during the civil war period, her paternal grandfather, william Cather, was opposed to slavery and had remained loyal to the north during the civil war (Meltzer 10). Due to her family political issues later, the adult Willa would shy away from causes, whether political or social, trusting herself and others to do the right thing and to offer generous help to individuals in need (12). Willa was homeschooled

  • Flowers In Paul's Case: A Study In Temperament

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    Layers of illusions are burned away and all Paul has left is reality. In Willa Cather’s tragic short story “Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament,” the flowers capture the reality world Paul departs from. For instance, critic Sherry Crabtree asserts that the red carnation symbolizes Paul’s alienation from the world of Cordelia Street (Crabtree 206). Crabtree observes the patterns of how the flowers reveal Paul’s negative outlook of life. On the other hand, some critics claim that the flowers capture

  • Gender Roles In Willa Cather's O Pioneers !

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    In O’Pioneers!, Willa Cather uses her writing in order to express her naturalistic, romantic, and realist views on life itself through the characters, setting, and the plot. In the book, it is suggested that neither she nor the main character who depicts her does not go by society’s rules. Along with this, she also seems to value the hard work both the youth and the elders put out. Cather perhaps believes that the youth of the world will create better futures for everyone around them, and give others

  • Realism In Willa Cather's O Pioneers !

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    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 Cather had more Realistic tendencies in her

  • Progressive Themes In Willa S. Cather's My Antonia

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    My Ántonia is a novel originally published in 1918 under the author Willa S. Cather. The novel is often considered a modernist literary work because of the numerous progressive themes it highlights, as well as its unconventional characters. The novel is the memoir of the author’s fictional friend, Jim Burden, who reflects on the history of his lifelong friendship with an immigrant girl by the name of Ántonia. As both narrator and protagonist of the novel, a much older Jim reflects on the life he

  • Symbolism In Paul's Case: A Study In Temperament?

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    Layers of illusions are burned away and all Paul has left is reality. In Willa Cather’s tragic short story “Paul’s Case: A Study in Temperament,” the flowers capture the reality world Paul departs from. For instance, critic Sherry Crabtree asserts that the red carnation symbolizes Paul’s alienation from the world of Cordelia Street (Crabtree 206). Crabtree observes the patterns of how the flowers reveal Paul’s negative outlook on life. On the other hand, some critics claim that the flowers capture

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

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    “All the 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

  • Ostracization In Willa Cather's My Antonia

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    Pioneers Women’s Story” has the theme ostracization. The book shows ostracization mainly on one specific character, Antonia. Frequently in the book Antonia is seen ostracizing herself from the people around her. Reading through My Antonia, written by Willa Cather, there seems to be a specific theme, ostracization. In the beginning of “Book Four, The Pioneers Women’s Story”, Antonia is in Denver with her soon to be husband, but later, Antonia's friends and family don’t hear from her after several weeks

  • Willa Cather's Three Different Philosophies Of Life

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    Willa Cather has different views on three different philosophies of life. Those philosophies include the Realistic, Romantic, and Naturalistic philosophies. In my opinion, Cather has a very Naturalistic view in her book because she does not have very many views from the Realistic side, but she has a lot of views from the Romantic side. Even though she has a lot of views from the Romantic side, she has even more views from the Naturalistic side. Although, in Cather’s book, the Realistic view shows

  • Lena By Willa Cather Analysis

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    married is because, “even the wild ones” turn into cranky old fathers. This is reflective of her cynical memories of home, saying that her father was a cross man. Lena’s refusal to be married was a radical notion at the time of the books publication. Willa Cather portrays this decision as a noble one by having Lena’s independence portrayed in a good light. Independence is an overarching theme in Lena’s life, both past and present. As a child she was never away from more than two people and recounts to Jim

  • Wizard Of Oz Feminism Essay

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    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Wicked: The Life and Time of the Wicked Witch of the West possesses feminist ideals represented through the characterization of female characters. Iconic characters such as Dorothy, Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba), Wicked Witch of the East (Nessarose), and Good Witch of the South (Glinda) portray feminist characters that have developed and showed their strong personality, influencing women in today’s society. This leads to the question – To what extent is The Wonderful

  • Interpersonal Communication Issues In The King's Speech

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    The king’s Speech Name: Institution: Introduction This paper aims to review a drama and biography movie titled The King’s Speech, written by David Seidler and directed by Tom Hooper. The main goal of analyzing the film is to learn more about interpersonal communication issues by exploring the various characters and the social relationships amongst them. According to Wood (2013), interpersonal communication refers to the process by which individuals engage in a conversation either verbally or through

  • Feminism In The Wizard Of Oz

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    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Wicked: The Life and Time of the Wicked Witch of the West possesses feminist ideals represented through the characterization of female characters. Iconic characters such as Dorothy, Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba), Wicked Witch of the East (Nessarose), and Good Witch of the South (Glinda) portray feminist characters that have developed and showed their strong personality, influencing women in today’s society. This leads to the question – To what extent is The Wonderful

  • Analysis Of Jackson Pollock's Lavender Mist

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    Through the use of color, Matisse shows the viewer his mental mindset, his emotions, while creating this painting which adds a subjective lens to his interpretation of the subjects. The intense colors illustrate a “feeling” that would not otherwise come through if the colors were directly representational of the real natural world. The bright colors seem to evoke a sense of happiness and pleasure. There is a sense that everything occurring in the picture is alright and everybody is enjoying themselves

  • Symbols In Paul's Case By Willa Cather

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    “Paul’s Case,” a short story written by Willa Cather, is widely known and taught throughout English classes ranging from high school to college level. This is perhaps Cather’s most famous and reprinted short story, and for good reason. The main character, Paul, is constantly being developed through the story leaving the reader trying to keep up. There are also many other aspects of “Paul’s Case” that call for attention. Two of the most significant aspects that the author uses are foreshadowing and