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Book O Pioneers Author Willa Cather Willa Cather with O Pioneers gives readers an intriguing and gripping look into the development of the American frontier and its people The story captivates readers primarily with its wonderful character development and with Cathers detailed descriptions of the scenery and setting in the story the story is quite a bastion of colorful imagery The development of characters such as Alexandra Carl Marie and Emil is very thorough and intricate Even more thorough however is the development of probably what is the main character in the story - the land As the reader delves further into the story it becomes more readily apparent that the land is really what connect the characters together it is their ultimate relation When the plot is not revolving around the land it is focused on the actions of Alexandra She is the main human character in Cathers story and she is the moral center of the story through the land she is able to bring prosperity to herself and to those around her She loves the land and the frontier so very much and her wealth can be attributed to this This shows the major theme of O Pioneers which is holding a deep respect and care for the land and recognizing the rewards these behaviors will procure Through the start of the novel Alexandra and her family are struggling on the land Her family has in effect raped the very land she loves and respects She rectifies these practices with advice given to her by the local nut job Ivar essentially he tells her to treat the land and the livestock her family owns with respect and acknowledging the land and the livestock as more than just future revenue She also takes giants risks in buying many properties around the town she lives in Her family spends the next several years becoming more and more prosperous because of these
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