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One of the most interesting characters in the book My Antonia by Willa Cather is Mr Shimerda Although he may not have as significant a role in the story as Jim Burden or the storys namesake Antonia he provides us with a point of view from another stranger who is struggling to fit in in a new place Mr Shimerda shows us that his main concern is that his familys overall well being He tries to provide them with the best things he possibly can but in doing so he puts a giant strain on his own mental health Mr Shimerda moved to Nebraska from Bohemia with his family in the late 19th century In Bohemia he was a fairly wealthy and successful man He was a weaver by trade and had been a skilled workman on tapestries and upholstery materialsp979 MrShimerda was not a poor man However because of all the relocating he had not been working and by the time he got to Nebraska he had used most of his money and had no idea how to live in this new world He wanted us to know that they were not beggars in the old country he made good wages and his family were respected there He left Bohemia with more than a thousand dollars I savings after their passage money was paidp 979 Many discouraging events happened to Mr Shimerda he was forced to leave Bohemia to come to Nebraska and when he arrived the Language barrier became a major obstacle It was quite a transition from his days in Bohemia where he and his family were both well known and respected However Mr Shimerda eventually met two Russian men Peter and Pavel with whom there was no language barrier But Unfortunately Pavel became very ill and passed away As a result of this sad event Peter decided to move away causing a huge blow to Mr Shimerda
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