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In Americas Pioneering history strong bonds between people and the land they live on have been built From this bond the act of colonizing land brings people together in intense relationships In My Antonia Willa Cather looks into these bonds between people land and people through the relationship between the 2 main characters Jim and Antonia Throughout the story Antonia as a representation of a life very different from Jims and as a strong bond with the land shows us Jims fascination with Antonia She is his counterpart Antonia represents an alternative to Jims life as a middle-class American boy Unlike Jim shes able to move away from all the stereotypes and boundaries of her class and gender Antonia is a lot less inhibited than Jim is and listens to her heart more In the end Jims decisions are made according to social thumbs up or thumbs downs He goes through a rebel stage and ignores all of his responsibilities to his own class to hang out with people his family and friends dont think highly of but when he figures out that what hes doing is hurting his grandparents and where they stand socially like honor wise he stops really fast He goes back to the whole country women feel of life when he ignores his studies and starts to hang out with Lena in Lincoln but right after Gaston Cleric his mentor gives him a little bit of advice he forgets about Lena and focuses back onto his studies After doing things like this over and over he ends up really far away from Nebraska to the point where he cant ever be as close again Back to present tense the grownup Jim regrets not being able to both stop to enjoy all the country girls the Real Women like Lena and Antonia and at the same time be admired for his successful professional life He wishes he couldve had both In the
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