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Is My Antonia really My Jim Jims memories My Antonia by Willa Cather is a boys experience growing up with a bohemian girl named Antonia But in the book I maintain that Jim is the main focus and that it is a book about his experiences observations and passions and how they relate to Antonia and the people around him A lot of this book does not even include Antonia For instance almost all of book 3 Lena Lingard does not even mention her Instead it shows Jims development and growth as a student This book is called My Antonia This leads you to think that it is a book all about her and what she does Instead it is a book about Jim and how Antonia influences him and how they grow up into the adults that they become A major part of this book is human emotion being linked mainly to memories Many times Jim looks back passionately at his childhood adolescence and manhood This book was though a fictional story a recollection of the past through Jims writing His memories are what drive him and memory is brought up in this book very often In this book Jim says in the last sentence of his story Whatever we had missed we possessed together the precious the incommunicable past 286 Jim can still call upon these memories but he cannot grasp the feelings like he did in the present as he says throughout the book memories are precious Nevertheless he admits that the past is incommunicable What this book is mainly about is memories About ones past about the past that cannot be changed or relived Through Jims writing though he does somewhat relive his past and make his memories stronger The recollection of Jims memories of Antonia bring back his past stronger than he ever has Antonia had always been one to leave images in the mind that
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