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Welcome to Nebraska the land of plentiful plains and endless adventure or inWilla Cathers case the setting in which she introduces her readers to the two maincharacters of her novel My Antonia The compelling relationship between JimBurden and Antonia Shimerda makes it impossible for their similarities anddifferences to go unnoticed Both move to Nebraska but their outlooks of thesituation differ drastically The roles that Jim and Antonia play in each others liveshelp them grow immensely throughout the story but the ways that they view eachother remain nothing alike As the two characters grow they become distracted attimes by the opposite sex these different scenarios teach them both similar lessonsand bring them to see each other again Jim and Antonia moving to Nebraska gave the author the opportunity toshow their characters on the same level both starting over simultaneously HereCather allows us to see the difference in how the two perceive the new start as wellas life in general Jim feels as though he has been uprooted and has desertedeverything that he knows to be real even the memory of his parents I have lefteven their spirits behind me The wagon jolted on carrying me I knew not wither8 This shows us that Jim feels alone and is uncertain of what to expect Antonia onthe other hand view the move as a new opportunity Although she fears the impact itwill have on her fathers health she see it as a chance for her and her family to prevailWhen the characters are introduced Jim immediately begins to develop andinfatuation with Antonia that strengthens throughout the story At first Antoniadoes not treat Jim as someone on her own level which Jim resents Eventually Jimproves to her that is mature regardless of their age difference by killing a snake Inever know you was so brave Jim she went on comfortingly You is just like bigmans you wait for him lift his head and then you go for him Aint
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