Willa Cather

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  • O Pioneers By Willa Cather Analysis

    Willa Cather was a famous female writer in the early 1900’s. In 1913 she wrote O Pioneers! It was the first book of her Great Plains trilogy. O Pioneers! Tells the story of the Swedish Bergson family that lives in Hanover, Nebraska. Alexandra Bergson, the main character, inherits the family farmland when her father John Bergson passes away. Alexandra Bergson devotes her life to two things, making a good farmland and the success of Emil Bergson, her youngest brother. In this story Willa Cather expresses three types of literary writing movements which include naturalism, realism, and romanticism. In this essay we will be discussing how Cathers uses these literary movements in her story. The majority of the story, O Pioneers! was written in a…

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  • The Role Of Women In My Antonia, By Willa Cather

    In Willa Cather’s novel entitled My Antonia, she writes about several female characters that, in essence, challenge the stereotypical women’s role in a male-dominated society during the early 1900s. In Trifles, a play written by Susan Glaspell, she depicts her female characters as crafty and bright and not simply inferior intellectually to their male counterparts. Upon closer examination of these two pieces of work, Cather and Glaspell demonstrate that these female characters defy the existing…

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  • Analysis Of O Pioneers By Willa Cather

    The story “O! Pioneers” written by Willa Cather uses three types of writing views. She uses the Romantic, Realistic, and Naturalistic views to write the story. The story is about a girl named Alexandra and how she deals with loss, failure, and loneliness. Cather mostly uses the naturalistic view to explain the struggles that Alexandra goes through, but she also uses the romantic and realistic views to explain it. Cather uses the Realistic view to show us Alexandra realization of what happened.…

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  • Comparing Paul's Case And A Wagner Matinee By Willa Cather

    Willa Cather was one of the most prominent American writers of the early 20th century. Writing novels, essays, and short stories, Cather relied on her youth in Nebraska for inspiration. Though, Nebraska lacked many of Cather’s longings like the arts. By moving to Pittsburgh and New York after college, Cather would find the indulgences she desired. In two of Willa Cather’s short stories, “Paul’s Case” and “A Wagner Matinee,” Cather demonstrates how the arts allow people to temporarily escape…

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  • Symbolism In Paul's Case

    People always look for ways to fit in; they look for places where they belong. That is the struggle of Paul and his decision to find a place for which he can be himself. “Paul’s Case” written by Willa Cather is a story in how Paul struggles to fit in at his hometown but decides to go someplace else to be accepted. Paul is conflicted about reaching the expectations put on him by his father and being accepted by his classmates and teachers, he chooses the path of pursuing his own desires or…

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  • My Antonia Symbolism

    My Antonia by Willa Cather is a novel that includes bone-chilling tragedy and life affirming uplift. The story centers around a memoir by Jim Burdin, a middle age New York lawyer who decided to write down his reminsces of his dear friend Antonia Shimerda. The story begins with Burdin heading on a train for Nebraska to live with his grandparents. He is ten years old and both of his parents have recently died. On the train he spots a Russian immigrant family and he is intrigued by them; the family…

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  • Feminist Criticism In Willa Cather's My Antonia

    The Great American West An Analysis of Willa Cather’s “My Antonia” The feminist movement in America was a time of great struggle, change, and most importantly retaliation. Considering the low status of women at that time, being subordinate to their husbands, it was difficult for them to give their. This led many women to the outlet of writing; writing was often a way for them to display their knowledge and independence and begin this new revolution which would disturb the order of things which…

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  • Paul's Case A Study In Temperament Analysis

    Willa Cather 's compelling literary work, "Paul 's Case: A Study in Temperament", presents a troubled soul, Paul, who suffers from a decline in the nurture of his environment. Paul 's determination presents itself in a standoffish, rebellious manner as he goes against the conformity of life in the humdrum neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where he resides. The study of Paul 's temperament digs deep into the psyche and depicts how an inimical social atmosphere can deteriorate the human mind. Charlotte…

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  • Gender Roles In Willa Cather's My Antonia

    In My Ántonia, by Willa Cather explores the hardship life of living in the wild prairies of Nebraska as people immigrant further west from already established areas of civilization. While many themes are presented during the novel, the subject of gender roles within her female characters of the novel question the stereotypical norms of men and women. The women portrayed in the text become independent, active and strong through the situations presented to them by their surroundings. The physical…

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  • An Analysis Of Willa Cather's My Antonia

    Working Thesis: In the novel My Ántonia by Willa Cather, Cather portrays to the audience the American Dream for the Shimerda family, Jim Burden, Lena Lingard, Tiny Soderball, Peter and Pavel, as well as the sacrifices that they may have had to make to come to America and start a new life. Cather also uses a feminist approach in the novel because the novel is really Jim Burden’s story of Ántonia, Jim is the narrator of the novel, not Antonia. Although someone who is writing about the novel in…

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