My Antonia Chapter Analysis

The second half of the book began rather melancholy, much like the end of the first half. Chapter 18 is where I began for the second half of the novel. Rys acquires another sweet animal to care for in the home, hearing about his animals always seems to lighten the mood for me. Antonia is such a underrated hero. She is selflessly risking her life to protect people, some of which she did not know previously. Antonia’s friend Magdalena Gross is rather naïve in my opinion due to her stubborn ways of trying to live as normal of a life as possible. Although from the Nazi party 's overwhelming presence in Warsaw drives Magdalena to the zoo.
Antonia is a genius woman. She thinks very quick on her feet and is creative in finding ways to keep her guests
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At this point I believe the effects of war and responsibility to the guests are just weighing down on the each of them. One day the barn catches fire, Nazi soldiers come to the door accusing Antonia. She believes a German soldier set the fire, and turns the situation around blaming them and their lack of control over their soldiers. A very extraordinary moment in my opinion, because the Nazi solider had it coming. Winter the same year strikes young Rys with pneumonia, a sad time, which then gets better when he heals. Rys is then greeted by a little sister several months later, named Teresa. For the first time in awhile everyone seemed somewhat happy at Teresa’s christening. Then the hamster that Maurycy admired died from alcohol, something I found to be entirely irrelevant and made me about ready to throw the book across the room due to its excessive irrelevance.
By just deleting irrelevant material not pertaining to the story line I could make this book a half the size it is now and still have an amazing book full of detail, symbolism and everything else admired by readers. I cannot quite tell why the author puts such irrelevant information in her book, perhaps to distract from the horrors of the war. Or possibly she is trying to show the reader how scholarly she is by including long sections of history pertaining to a small detail. Not sure if she does it to lighten the tone to to be egotistical, either way it is not

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