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My Ántonia

Willa Cather

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Bloom, Harold, ed. Willa Cather's My Ántonia : Modern Critical Interpretations. New York: Chelsea House, 1988.

Cather, Willa. O Pioneers! and Other Tales of the Prairie. New York: Doubleday, 1999.

Daiches, David. Willa Cather: A Critical Introduction. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1951.

Gerber, Philip. Willa Cather. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1975.

Lee, Hermione. Willa Cather: Double Lives. New York: Pantheon, 1989.

O'Brien, Sharon, ed. New Essays on My Ántonia. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Smith, Henry Nash. Virgin Land: The American West as Symbol and Myth. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1971.

Turner, Frederick Jackson. The Frontier in American History. New York: Dover, 1996.

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Plot

by heggedunk, August 19, 2012

My Antonia is a modernist novel about the coming of age. Modernism is a style of writing used from the late 19th century till the 1930s. Modernism is a style that has no central plot instead it is more of a series of episodes. Please take note that most teachers ask for a specific plot where this novel doesn't really have one. My advice here would be to talk about the aging of the main characters or Jim's attraction to Antonia as a main plot. Also take note that both Jim Burden and Antonia can be considered Protagonists. I hope this helps as... Read more

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Regarding Mr.Shimerda

by STianF223, October 10, 2013

Mr. Shimerda CANNOT possibly have committed suicide for this is impossible. The scene has showed that Mr. Shimerda, laying on his side with the gun beside him. Otto's suspicion was that Mr. Shimerda was to lay on his side and put his long rifle in his mouth, using his big toe to pull the trigger, and kill himself. This would make sense, seeing how the scene was created and how there was a bullet hole in the wall until it takes up on account of two major problem, being the Shimerdas are HIGHLY religious and that there were pieces of his head,... Read more

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Another Harling

by rachelnolan, November 20, 2013

Actually, Sally is not the youngest Harling child, Nina is. They have 5 children.

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