My Ántonia

by: Willa Cather

Suggested Essay Topics

1. What is the role of the landscape in the novel? How does the novel thematize the relationship between man and environment?

2. What is Ántonia’s relationship to her native Bohemia? Does she have stronger feelings for Bohemia or for Nebraska? What does Ántonia’s predicament say about the lives of immigrants during the time of the novel?

3. How does the structure of the novel serve to emphasize some of its overriding themes?

4. Can Jim’s view of Ántonia be considered reductive or patronizing in any way? Consider that Cather is a woman writing from the perspective of a man writing about a woman.