History Literature / MyAntonia

11th Sep '17 2:11:54 PM XFllo
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* IntroOnlyPointOfView: The introduction is told from the viewpoint of a character who meets an old friend, Jim Burden, and the two of them reminisce about their youth in Nebraska and their friendship with Ántonia. The rest of the book is a first-person narrative from Jim.


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* SavageWolves: A couple of Ukrainian immigrants narrate an incident from the old country, where a bridal party driving sledges at midnight in winter was attacked by a large pack of ravenous wolves, with extremely horrific results.
11th Sep '17 1:06:52 PM XFllo
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* PrecociousCrush: Jim has one on Ántonia although she's much older and it continues into his adulthood as his marriage is implied to be very loveless. He even tells her kids. It's really creepy.

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* PrecociousCrush: Jim has one a crush on Ántonia although she's much older about 5 years older, which is a significant difference for teenagers. Ántonia likes Jim as whe would love a younger brother and it she is somewhat aware of his feelings. His crush continues into his adulthood as his marriage is implied to be very loveless. He even tells her kids. It's really creepy.loveless.
11th Sep '17 1:00:39 PM XFllo
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A novel by Willa Cather set in Nebraska, telling a story focused on first generations of new settlers.
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A ''My Ántonia'', published in 1918, is one of the most famous works of American novelist Willa Cather. The novel is written in the form of a fictional memoir. It is narrated by Jim Burden who tells a story of an immigrant girl called Ántonia. Jim and Ántonia quickly became friends and grew up together on their farms in Nebraska.

In part, the novel is inspired by Willa Cather’s life as she, like her character Jim, moved to Nebraska when she was ten, and she based many of the events, characters, and settings of the book on her own experiences. The novel forms a sort of "trilogy" with two other prairie novels, ''O Pioneers!'' (1913) and ''The Song of the Lark'' (1915).

''My Ántonia'' is sometimes considered an early modernist work. For its time and context, My Ántonia pressed the boundaries of traditional narrative techniques and contemporary literature. Its narrative structure is built from anecdotes and episodes, and time periods are often skipped or just brushed upon.

''My Ántonia'' is also interesting from the perspective of gender issues. It is written by a woman but narrated by a man while the central character is a young woman. Additionally, its characters are nothing like common gender stereotypes – women are strong, physically fit and active, whereas men in the book are generally more passive or even weak.
Willa Cather set in Nebraska, telling a story focused on first generations wrote about everyday people and the book explores lives of new settlers.
the early white settlers of the American West.
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* AnImmigrantsTale: This is a story of pioneers who are settled in the Great Plains in Nebraska. The heroine is a young Czech woman called Ántonia Shimerda, and the narrative also focuses on other women. This book shows that life was difficult for everyone on the frontier and the women were as capable, independent tough as male pioneers. Ántonia Shimerda and her family face many hardships -- living on the prairie, doing tough work on the farm, starving through winter, not speaking the language, suicide and they have to deal with challenge of being a foreigner in a new country.
3rd Aug '17 1:54:42 AM mirisu92
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* AnImmigrantsTale
28th Feb '16 9:45:04 PM Eievie
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** Antonia is not all that common in America, but it was ''very'' common Czech name for girls of that time.
* BreakTheCutie: Ántonia is a lovely, active girl who has faced more than a fair share of troubles - severe winters in poverty, her father's suicide, working in the fields like a man, taking care of her younger siblings, escaping a rapist (though her gut feeling prevented her from being attacked), her fiancé's abandonment, becoming a single mother (which was stigmatizing) – but she remains unbroken. What a girl. What a woman.

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** Antonia Ántonia is not all that common in America, but it was ''very'' common Czech name for girls of that time.
* BreakTheCutie: Ántonia is a lovely, active girl who has faced more than a fair share of troubles - severe troubles--severe winters in poverty, her father's suicide, working in the fields like a man, taking care of her younger siblings, escaping a rapist (though her gut feeling prevented her from being attacked), her fiancé's abandonment, becoming a single mother (which was stigmatizing) – but stigmatizing)--but she remains unbroken. What a girl. What a woman.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Mr Shimerda]] feels too desperate and too homesick that he sees no other way. He AteHisGun and caused a great distress to his family.

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler:Mr [[spoiler:Mr. Shimerda]] feels too desperate and too homesick that he sees no other way. He AteHisGun and caused a great distress to his family.



* FriendToAllChildren: Antonia is a natural-born mother and great with all children who in turn all love her back and adore her stories and her cooking.

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* FriendToAllChildren: Antonia Ántonia is a natural-born mother and great with all children who in turn all love her back and adore her stories and her cooking.



* KindheartedCatLover: Yulka, Antonia's younger sister, has a cat and plays with it often.
* LanguageBarrier: When the Shimerdas came to Nebraska, they could use only several very basic (and not entirely correct) expressions. Mr Shimerda asks Jim to teach his Antonia English and promises him to give his nice gun once Jim grows up. Jim narrates about their language lessons and mentiones how Czech language sounded to him when they talked to each other and he didn't understand. Mr Shimerda has a hard time in Nebraska, but he cheers up a bit when he befriends two Ukranian guys.

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* KindheartedCatLover: Yulka, Antonia's Ántonia's younger sister, has a cat and plays with it often.
* LanguageBarrier: When the Shimerdas came to Nebraska, they could use only several very basic (and not entirely correct) expressions. Mr Shimerda asks Jim to teach his Antonia Ántonia English and promises him to give his nice gun once Jim grows up. Jim narrates about their language lessons and mentiones how Czech language sounded to him when they talked to each other and he didn't understand. Mr Shimerda has a hard time in Nebraska, but he cheers up a bit when he befriends two Ukranian guys.



** Ántonia ends up having a family of eleven children.

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** Ántonia ends up having a family of eleven children.



* PrecociousCrush: Jim has one on Antonia although she's much older and it continues into his adulthood as his marriage is implied to be very loveless. He even tells her kids. It's really creepy.
* PurpleEyes: DudeMagnet Lena Lingard has deep violet eyes. She's one of the four immigrant hired girls who work in town and who are considered great beauties. Jim is of the opinion that the eldest daughters in the first generation of settlers like Ántonia Shimerda or Lena were extraordinary and actually the most interesting people of the family, even though their families often favoured younger children (as they had better chance of becoming truly American). Later in the story, Jim and Lena are in an implied sexual relationship.

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* PrecociousCrush: Jim has one on Antonia Ántonia although she's much older and it continues into his adulthood as his marriage is implied to be very loveless. He even tells her kids. It's really creepy.
* PurpleEyes: DudeMagnet Lena Lingard has deep violet eyes. She's one of the four immigrant hired girls who work in town and who are considered great beauties. Jim is of the opinion that the eldest daughters in the first generation of settlers like Ántonia Shimerda or Lena were extraordinary and actually the most interesting people of the family, even though their families often favoured younger children (as they had better chance of becoming truly American). Later in the story, Jim and Lena are in an implied sexual relationship.



* SuicideIsShameful: [[spoiler:Antonia's father]] shoots himself because he was too homesick and couldn't bear the hard life. The Shimerdas are Catholic while other familes in the neighbourhood are mostly protestants. Jim's grandparents are sympathetic to the poor family and another Catholic explains to them that for the Shimerdas, the suicide is a terrible blow with extra layer of suffering.
* TomboyishName: Ántonia also goes by Tony.

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* SuicideIsShameful: [[spoiler:Antonia's [[spoiler:Ántonia's father]] shoots himself because he was too homesick and couldn't bear the hard life. The Shimerdas are Catholic while other familes in the neighbourhood are mostly protestants. Jim's grandparents are sympathetic to the poor family and another Catholic explains to them that for the Shimerdas, the suicide is a terrible blow with extra layer of suffering.
* TomboyishName: Ántonia also goes by Tony.



** Ántonia is a natural beauty and has beautiful brown eyes. Jim describes her eyes as "big and warm and full of light, like the sun shining on brown pools in the wood".
** Lena has deep violet eyes -- very unusual colour. She's considered a great beauty with an exotic, Scandinavian touch.

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** Ántonia is a natural beauty and has beautiful brown eyes. Jim describes her eyes as "big and warm and full of light, like the sun shining on brown pools in the wood".
** Lena has deep violet eyes -- very eyes--very unusual colour. She's considered a great beauty with an exotic, Scandinavian touch.
15th Jan '16 2:55:48 AM mirisu92
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* TomboyishName: Ántonia also goes by Tony.
11th Jun '14 11:18:18 AM XFllo
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* BreakTheCutie: Ántonia is a lovely, active girl who has faced more than a fair share of troubles - severe winters in poverty, her father's suicide, working in the fields like a man, taking care of her younger siblings, escaping a rapist (though her guf feeling prevented her from being attacked), her fiancé's abandonment, becoming a single mother (which was stigmatizing) – but she remains unbroken. What a girl. What a woman.

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* BreakTheCutie: Ántonia is a lovely, active girl who has faced more than a fair share of troubles - severe winters in poverty, her father's suicide, working in the fields like a man, taking care of her younger siblings, escaping a rapist (though her guf gut feeling prevented her from being attacked), her fiancé's abandonment, becoming a single mother (which was stigmatizing) – but she remains unbroken. What a girl. What a woman.



** Ántonia is a natural beauty and has beautful brown eyes. Jim describes her eyes as "big and warm and full of light, like the sun shining on brown pools in the wood".

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** Ántonia is a natural beauty and has beautful beautiful brown eyes. Jim describes her eyes as "big and warm and full of light, like the sun shining on brown pools in the wood".
14th May '14 4:20:02 AM XFllo
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** Antonia is not all that common in America, but it was ''very'' common girls' Czech name of that time.
* BreakTheCutie: Ántonia is a lovely, active girl who has faced more than a fair share of troubles -– severe winters in poverty, her father's suicide, working in the fields like a man, taking care of her younger siblings, escaping a rapist (though her guf feeling prevented her from being attacked), her fiancé's abandonment, becoming a single mother (which was stigmatizing) – but she remains unbroken. What a girl. What a woman.

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** Antonia is not all that common in America, but it was ''very'' common girls' Czech name for girls of that time.
* BreakTheCutie: Ántonia is a lovely, active girl who has faced more than a fair share of troubles - severe winters in poverty, her father's suicide, working in the fields like a man, taking care of her younger siblings, escaping a rapist (though her guf feeling prevented her from being attacked), her fiancé's abandonment, becoming a single mother (which was stigmatizing) – but she remains unbroken. What a girl. What a woman.



* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Ántonia ends up having a family of eleven children, and her eldest daugher Martha has her first baby boy.

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** Lena Lingard has lots of siblings and as the eldest daughter, she has to take care of them. She's not too thrilled about it and says she doesn't want her own family as a result.
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Ántonia ends up having a family of eleven children, and her eldest daugher Martha has her first baby boy.children.
8th May '14 10:15:01 PM XFllo
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* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Ántonia ends up having a family of eleven children, and her eldest daugher Martha has her first baby boy.
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* HenpeckedHusband: Ambrosch Shimerda ends up marrying a very fat woman with a farm of her own who bossed him around.
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