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The landscape in My Antonia This country was mostly wild pasture and as naked as the back of your hand I was little and homesick and lonely and my mother was homesick and nobody paid any attention to us So the country and I had it out together and by the end of the first autumnthat shaggy grass country had gripped me with a passion I have never been able to shake -Willa Cather Internet 1 Her life task became portraying how the pioneers tamed the wild land Cathers visual and disarmingly simple descriptions of prairie life and events that slowly unveil truly complex characters such as the protagonist Antonia Shimerda I believe if Cather had been born in Nebraska the land and its people would probably not have played so important a role in her work Her encounter with this new land was profound even traumatic Cather described the experience best through Jim Burden in My Antonia The vast sky the endless plains the enormous sun evoked a pantheistic and acquiescent response in the young boy There he felt the individual ego diminished and merged with something much greater Internet 2 Like Jim BurdenCather found the immigrant pioneers fascinating--their stories their vitality their dignity The land which at first seemed flat and monotonous proved to furnish endless variations on the theme of fertility No matter how far she wandered across the globe she wasalways drawn back to the Nebraska prairies and those best days of her youth which were the first to flee Internet 3 The West is also a particularly difficult target for the kind of country life Cather seeks to describe The first description we get of the landscape depicts it as alive but with none of the human activity of say urban life or even developed rural life Perhaps the glide of long railway
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