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Neighbour Rosicky By Willa Cather pg 1831-1852 At first glance Neighbour Rosicky appears to be a short story about a farmer and his family however there is much more beneath the surface Rosicky is a representation of immigrants in general He is the epitome of the American Dream with slight alterations The American Dream is supposed to be about having a loving spouse with 2 children a little dog and a white picket fence however people have added in wealth and larger houses to the original simple dream Rosicky is a very family oriented man and feels himself to be of no use unless he is working Cather writes about Rosicky as a sort of emblem for the human race which is becoming lazy and degenerated Modernist writers see that people have changed their American Dreams to be about greed and their lives are not simple people are becoming more corrupt as a whole and not fixating on the important simple things in life Rosicky is about the simpler things in life he is about family and hard work he does not feel the need to be wealthy or obtain more possessions than his neighbor Rosickys demeanor is comparable to Harper Lees character Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird with both characters what you see is what you get Neighbors would whisper about Rosicky wondering why Rosicky didnt get on faster He was industrious and so were his boys but they were rather free and easy werent pushersThey were comfortable they were out of debt but they didnt get much ahead 1835 I feel as though Rosicky is almost a representation of life before modernism came to life Rosicky is happiest on a farm living comfortably and happily rather than in a big city racing around and trying to get ahead Cather appears to be taking a step back into a time when life was simpler and was about the
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