In Antonina’s List, an article published in 2007 for The New York Time’s Sunday book review, writer D. T. Max states, “For me, the more interesting story is Antonina’s. She was not, as her husband once called her, “a housewife,” but the alpha female in a unique menagerie. I would gladly read another book, perhaps a novel, based again on Antonina’s writings. She was special, and as the remaining members of her generation die off, a voice like hers should not be allowed to fade into the silence.”
Develop an essay arguing whether or not you believe Max’s depiction of Antonina. Does the plot of this novel evolve, primarily, through the journal entries and memoirs of Antonina? Is Antonina the protagonist of this novel? Is she simply a housewife as Jan states or does she transcend that role?
Be sure to include at least eight quotes to validate all of your statements. Use specific examples from the plot to support your thesis. Develop at least six paragraphs.