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Willa Cather vs Sherwood Anderson The authors Willa Cather and Sherwood Anderson experience several similarities and differences in their stories By approaching a common theme in their writings the reader can easily depict the authors styles Sherwood Andersons troublesome characters displayed the humor in his writing and Willa Cathers homely persons identified her seriousness of her style Willa Cather and Sherwood Anderson shared similar thoughts of regionalism Both writers approach the audience with a question Would a persons life be better off in the city or in a small town Many people face a similar question almost everyday However does the person realize that his own actions play a major role in the decision-making process Questions much like these were very important during the American Midwest and frontier times in which cities were developing The two authors demonstrated their identical messages of how the rapidly growing cities were the new way of life Keeping the towns and the countryside populated was becoming quite a task Cather and Anderson had their characters encounter a decision of moving into a crowded city or a quiet countrytown dwelling In Willa Cathers story Neighbour Rosicky and Sherwood Andersons Winesburg Ohio the characters minds battle with the decisions of leaving an estranged town to repair themselves in a city or continue their productive country lives The two authors had characters experiencing similar emotions in each of their novels First of all Willa Cather presented Rosickys son and daughter-in-law Polly The couple contemplated moving to the city to cure their unhappiness Polly one of four children always had a clerical job before she married Rudolph Rosickys son Cather 1842 Because of her gloominess Polly began to develop an incredible urge to move into the city in hopes that a change of surroundings would make her happy again After listening to the true encounters of her father-in-laws experiences in the city Cather 1846 Polly realized that altering her living environment
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