Throughout the story, Jim relates many areas of struggle and drama he witnessed as a boy growing up, especially those of his friends and family.
His grandmother has already told him the sad news about Antonia: Lena and Tiny, on the other hand, have become extraordinarily successful. Tiny moved to Seattle, ran a lodging-house, and then moved to the Yukon during the Gold Rush.
She started cooking for the miners, including a man only referred to as "a Swede. She then moved to San Francisco.
Jim visits her years later, after she has already convinced Lena to come to California. He finds them both very well. Gold appears in this chapter not as the color but as the precious metal. Tiny makes her fortune as a prospector during the Gold Rush, and these hard years leave her very wealthy and comfortable.
For the country girls of Black Hawk, success is measured primarily by their financial status and their ability to avoid being taken advantage of by men.
In this, Antonia appears to fail miserably, whereas Tiny and Lena are lauded for their success in business. While waiting for it to develop, Jim notices a series of pictures of Antonia's new baby. He thinks it bold of her to put the picture of her illegitimate child on display, but can't forgive her for ruining her reputation on such a cad as Larry Donovan.
With men, Larry is cold, distant, and even a little arrogant, but with women, he's charming, not because he's extroverted or flirtatious but because he's quiet and sincere. This may be his true personality or it may just be a ruse he uses to seduce women.
Either way, he does very well for himself. There are several examples of alliteration in the line: Symbols Larry Donovan's Clothes. Larry makes a point of changing out of his work uniform immediately after getting off the train, in part because he feels he should be promoted from a mere passenger conductor to the General Passenger Agent, a position based out of Denver.
When on the train, his uniform is a symbol of his dignity, which is affronted every time someone mistakes him for a porter. He wants the story of Antonia's marriage, but she refuses to tell it until after they've had their supper. It seems Antonia and the Widow Steavens became very close in the months leading up to the wedding.
Antonia had moved back home to get ready and sew all the fine linens she would need as a married woman. Antonia was waiting for a letter that said she was to join Larry in Denver. She waited a long time. Finally, the letter came, and Antonia packed her things.
She took the train west to Denver, where she discovered that Larry was sick and hadn't been working. He kept putting off the wedding, burned through her money, and then left her in Denver while he ran off to Mexico.
Antonia was forced to return to Black Hawk, where she worked with her brother on the farm. She hid her pregnancy as best she could and gave birth alone on her bed in the middle of winter. Ambrosch wanted to get rid of the baby, but Antonia kept it.
Jim uses a simile when he compares the Widow Steavens' head to that of a Roman senator's. The comparison paints the Widow as a proud, stately woman.
Antonia spends months sewing the linens and underclothes she needs for her wedding. Her hard work imbues these clothes with her hopes and dreams, which are dashed when Larry deserts her. This novel examines many different kinds of marriages and presents many different views on the institution of marriage itself, which Lena repudiates entirely.
Here, Cather depicts a marriage that thankfully never happens, a marriage that's doomed even before it begins. Antonia is devastated, but, as the reader will soon learn, their aborted marriage is perhaps the best thing to ever happen to Antonia.
Her life will only get better. Antonia's sister Yulka shows him the baby, then directs him to the fields, where Antonia is working.My Antonia is also Willa Cather’s story of children discovering the beauties and terrors of a vast new country and of themselves.
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My Antonia by Willa Cather () is a beautifully told novel centered around a strong female character with a love of the harsh land that is her home. Literary Ladies Guide Inspiration for Writers and Readers from Classic Women Authors.
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