Throughout the novel, she refuses to submit to the will of men, choosing to forge her own path both economically and socially. Her independence is clear from the very beginning. This scene clearly demonstrates her dislike for any implied need for male approval. Both her personality and her physical appearance show her rejection of traditional gender roles. As she ages, the rejection continues. Through her own intelligence and hard work, Alexandra establishes her own independent household and homestead, thus ensuring her economic independence.
She is even able to refuse her brothers Lou and Oscar when they attempt to dissuade her from marrying Carl Linstrum. As this heated passage demonstrates, Alexandra not only successfully rejects men from a societal standpoint but is even able to exist outside the control of men in the eyes of the establishment — the ultimate success in her lifelong struggle against the restrictions imposed upon her by her gender.
Though Alexandra ties herself eternally to a man, it is a bond marked by equality and friendship, allowing her to maintain her independence. This leaves him open to distraction and eventually criticism He lived in a suburban home where everyone seemed the same and there was a feeling of despair.
Paul, who was a young man, felt that his father, teachers and classmates misunderstood him and therefore were unworthy of his company. In the story there are many symbolic elements. Throughout the book Jim reflects on his memories of Nebraska and the Shimerda family, often times in a sad and depressing tone. His death was unexpected by everyone and it is thought that homesickness is what drove him to take his own life One begins by simply allowing Sweet Water marsh to seep into one's consciousness through Cather's exquisite prose.
Two paragraphs from the middle of the novel beckon us to follow Neil Herbert, now 20 years old, into the marsh that lies on the Forrester property. This passage, rich in pastoral beauty, embraces the heart of the novel-appearing not only at the novel's center point but enfolding ideas central to the novel's theme: An impulse of affection and guardianship drew Niel up the poplar-bordered road in the early light [ His lifetime is spent encouraging growth, whether of railroads, personal lives or flowers.
On a number of occasions, Paul is forced to lie and steal to escape the conformists who wish to control him and stifle his unique imagination.
However, his lying, stealing, and attempts to escape the conformists, only force Paul into isolation, depression, and feeling a sense of shame for his individuality Directors will use the plot of a book either to create a unique movie, or to give the audience a chance to see what their favorite book is like when acted out on the screen. Willa Cather's "Paul's Case" is a good example of a work adapted to video.
The movie has slight differences from the book, but the director Lamont Johnson follows the original closely She attended school and also was educated at home. She planned on becoming a doctor early in life.
She accompanied a local doctor on his house calls and assisted in many of the examinations. By the time she entered college this was her future. The University of Nebraska accepted her but she had to pay her tuition through writing criticism for the Nebraska State Journal The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors, 2.
The gaining of wealth, possessions, or the like. This has been the general seances for the past hundred years or more. But in more modern days the prospective of success has changed slightly. Having your own home and eventually dying and passing it all on to a child or children A number of novelists draw much of their inspiration for writing from stories they hear, places they have lived and visited, their childhood, and people they know and hear of in their lives.
Willa Cather is no exception. They lived with their seven children, of whom Willa was the oldest, in Back Creek near Winchester which had been overwhelmed by the happenings of the Civil War. Marian Forrester strikes readers as an appealing character with the way she shifts as a person from the start of the novel, A Lost Lady, to the end of it. She signifies just more than a women that is married to an old man who has worked in the train business. She innovated a new type of women that has transitioned from the old world to new world.
She is sought out to be a caring, vibrant, graceful, and kind young lady but then shifts into a gold-digging, adulterous, deceitful lady from the way she is interpreted throughout the book through the eyes of Niel Herbert Although these short stories depict the life journey that each character takes and the struggles each encounter, their stories are much different.
Their personalities, determination, and ability to persevere vary immensely between the two stories This is especially true in the novel My Antonia, The author Willa Cather takes you through the life of a young Bohemian immigrant, Antonia Shimerda, as seen through the eyes of her good friend Jim Burden.
At age ten, Jim Burden lost both of his parents and was sent to live with his grandparents on their Nebraska farm. He first meets Antonia when his grandmother and one of the farm hands take the Shimerdas some provisions How do you remember your childhood memories. Do certain people, places or things trigger these memories to the past. Does the knowledge of these experience still affect your life today. Throughout the novel My Antonia, Jim's nostalgia for the past is represented by nature, symbolic elements, and above all Antonia.
The Nebraskan prairies are beautiful and picturesque and set the scene for a memorable story Upon a close reading, it is evident that "Paul's Case" is ruled by irony and symbolism, which are apparent in the story through the words of the narrator.
The irony woven throughout the text builds up to an epiphonic moment, a main paradox in the story, which reveals to the reader Paul's true nature.
Paul believes that everyone around him is beneath him Whether the character is setting out to accomplish something physically, or they are on a personal or spiritual quest to find themselves Her parents, Charles Cather and Virginia Bloak, both came from families that had lived in the region for generations. The people of the town were eager to help one another out.
At face value, these stories have vastly different plots and outcomes. How are you able to compare stories with different plots Paul works as an usher at Carnegie Hall, and spends some of his leisure time at a local theater with his actor friend, Charley Edwards. When Paul expresses his disdain for his teachers and classmates by lying about his friendship with actors at the theater company, he is expelled from school and banned from his job and from further visits to the theater and to Charley Arrogance is an attitude that can describe any individual with overbearing pride.
However, American Psychiatric Association notes that people who are also narcissistic are frequently described as cocky, self-centered, manipulative, and demanding. According to Paul J. Hannig, Ph. Paul feels that these things are unjust and detrimental to his life. Due to the unjust things in his life, he decides to rid himself of them by running away Willa Cather had a long memorable career writing novels, short stories, poems, and essay, and contributing to any newspapers, editor, and journals as writer.
She travels at length to gather material for her narrative and characters, and was recognizable with and respect by many other popular writers in the nineteenth century Willa Cather seems to base her stories off of daily life and events that she thought progressed in many lives.
At age ten, she moved with her family to Nebraska where most of her stories were set. In , she began an extensive writing career which included many short stories and several novels. In her stories, she depicted the lives of prairie farmers on the great plains. She glorified them over the city dwellers. Amedee is unwilling to admit that he is hurt, and his self-sacrifice kills him and leaves his wife alone with an infant.
And when Alexandra has achieved success and helped the other members of her family, she no longer feels the need to sacrifice. She wants Carl and she does not feel that any one has the right to tell her she cannot have him.
Emil and Marie suffer because of their inability to sacrifice their own desires for the greater good. Their actions are not only immoral, they also destroy Frank Shabata's life, and cause many others great pain. At the same time, their struggle is admirable, because both of them make a serious attempt at sacrifice. Ultimately, Cather suggests that pioneers must possess great virtues in order to survive the harsh reality of their physical and social environments.
Work and Morality One of the most important themes of the novel is the the idea that morality is connected to work. This idea is introduced almost immediately when Alexandra takes off her scarf and the traveling worker compliments her. Cather emphasizes his lack of roots and his disconnect from his occupation. The narrator suggests that he is degraded by his rootlessness.
In contrast, Alexandra earns and maintains moral superiority through her heartfelt dedication to work. Furthermore, she loves her work and is ennobled by it. She inherits this characteristic from her father, who took comfort on his deathbed by counting the things that he left to his family. He prizes the tangible results of his labor.
Oscar and Lou work only because they don't see any other way: "a steady job, a few holidays, nothing to think about, and they would have been very happy. Frank Shabata is a similar case, for though he throws himself into farming, he continues to believe that his happiness can come only from the recognition and admiration of his neighbors and acquaintances.
When he receives neither, he finds no satisfaction. Carl Linstrum represents a person who understands that one must work for happiness, but who has difficulty fulfilling their earlier promise. Carl understands that his work as an engraver is degrading him, so he seeks a job that he believes will help him prove himself as a man.
The somewhat odd, unresolved ending of O Pioneers! They cannot simply pursue friendship and happiness but must also pursue difficulty. Passionate Love vs. Reasonable Love Cather represents and compares two kinds of love in O Pioneers! Cather implies that passionate love is dangerous and unstable and is unlikely to lead to lifelong happiness, whereas mature union based on friendship is more likely to weather the tribulations of life on the frontier.
Marie and Frank Shabata's union is the result of youthful passion; they eloped despite the disaproval of Marie's father. It is clear that Marie's father's dissaproval was reasonable - he could see, by virtue of his dispassionate assessment of the match, that Marie and Frank could not work together in the long term.
Only a few years later this disapproval is justified when Marie speaks frankly to Alexandra about the fact that her husband should never have married a woman like her; after the fact, she understands that she is not the kind of woman he should have married. Her judgment was clouded by passion. Soon after, she makes a second error from passion: Marie's passionate nature coupled with Emil's youthful desires leads them to tragedy.
With their story Cather suggests that reason and morality must have precedence over passionate love in a stable society. At the same time, Carl and Alexandra acknowledge that it is in human nature to give in to temptation, thus the idea of an entirely stable society is impossible.
Emil and Marie are contrasted with Alexandra and Carl. Alexandra explicitly tells Carl, "I think we shall be very happy. I haven't any fears. I think when friends marry, they are safe. We don't suffer like -- those young ones. Both are resigned to waiting until the time is right; in fact, they have waited over sixteen years.
Their union is pragmatic and reasonable - they are helpmates and friends for one another, fulfilling a basic need for companionship rather than an unquenchable need for each other. At the same time, the reader is more naturally drawn, perhaps, to Emil and Marie's passionate connection than to Alexandra and Carl's sedate relationship.She is used to getting attention from everyone everywhere she goes. Though Alexandra eventually recognizes them, these unsuccessful efforts make little difference after the fact. Alexandra's anger after their deaths comes from this lack of imagination.
Indeed, Death Comes for the Archbishop seems more like a collection of anecdotal stories than a novel of conventional form. Another character who demonstrates the ideal of self-sacrifice is Carl Linstrum.
But in more modern days the prospective of success has changed slightly.