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My Antonia This remarkable piece of literature by Willa Cather is layered with its sense of place connections between people and between people and places as well as visual and surprisingly simple descriptions of prairie life and events The characters and the story are far more complex that at first appear Even the simplistic tone of the narrative voice is deceptive in terms of the depth of feeling it ultimately reveals Cather is the sort of author people read because they are told they should or that is required In that process the reader discovers that Cathers writing especially in My Antonia presents a clear and meaningful story for the common thinking person who daily deals with and conquers challenges every bit as fierce as those encountered by Antonia My Antonia recalls the life of Jim Burden and retells the compelling story of the Shimerdas with a special focus on Antonia the girl who works in the fields like a man Antonia Shemerda is a Bohemian immigrant to the Great Plains of America and serves embodiment of the classic American myth of a century ago She arrives with her family in the Nebraska prairie to carve better lives for themselves from the untouched land as thousands before and after them did In the introduction the character of Jim Burden declares that he has set down almost at random what he remembers of Antonia and the whole adventure of their childhood in Nebraska As a result the reader immediately understands that the story is not to be one of a tightly woven plot It also establishes that the reader is hearing the story and reminiscing of just on individual and is certain to be colored by Jims memories attitudes and time Throughout all of the telling despite the fact that she is not in every chapter the reader learns that Antonia is strong capable and honest In fact she is what Jim Burden considers an example
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