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William Cather showed a great amount of information about the old wild west and the expansion of the United States In My Antonia Jim Burden told a story of his childhood the people in his life and the struggles he and his surroundings faced during this time At age ten Jim Burden was sent by his relatives to be raised by his grandparents in the Nebraska prairie after his parents died When he arrived at his new home he was introduced to a Bohemian family that just immigrated to America the Shimerdas Jim and Antonia the Shimerdas daughter quickly become friends They traveled a great distance to meet each other As immigrants the Shimerdas were not very wealthy and getting on their feet was difficult They were cheated into buying their home for more than it should have cost The family got by on what they had but ended up needing help from outside families Mrs Shimerda ended up getting many useful tools for their home from Mrs Burden The first major hardship the Shimerdas faced was the death of Mr Shimerda He shot himself in the mouth and committed suicide This hurt the family tremendously Antonia was given the responsibilities that her father had and growing up for her changed in a matter of seconds She could not join her fellow classmates in school because she had to tend to the work around the house She became the head of the house After time the Shimerdas had a new log home built for them by the neighbors The family continued to get their necessary items from outside sources and started to build a new life Later the Burdens moved to a town called Black Hawk They now lived further away from the Shimerdas Mrs Burden gets Antonia a temporary job helping their neighbors around the house Antonia learned English much faster and Jim met many new people This is where we meet Lena Lena
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