My Antonia

My Antonia: Essay Q&A

1. What role does race or national origin play in the novel? The first and most obvious way that national origin plays a role is in the way that it encourages solidarity and community even among strangers.  For example, Anton Jelinek, who does not know and has never met the Shimerdas, travels out to their …

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My Antonia: Top Ten Quotes

“I first heard of Ántonia on what seemed to me an interminable journey across the great midland plain of North America.”    The first line of Jim Burden’s narrative, establishing Nebraska in continental scale.  “There seemed to be nothing to see; no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields.  If there was a …

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My Antonia: Theme Analysis

Lost Innocence One of the primary structures of the book is the image of the two children, Jim and Ántonia, repeatedly shocked and struggling with some new wickedness or corruption, beginning with the rattlesnake that Jim has to kill and ending with Ántonia’s abandonment by Larry Donovan.  Ántonia becomes what people want her to be, …

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