"Willa Cather" Essays and Research Papers

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To Show Your True Colors

To Show Your True Colors… In “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather, symbolism is intricately used to expose the psychological levels of Paul’s psyche. The colors we find throughout the story are used to symbolize the different aspects of his personality, such as his hate for the society he lives in, his dream world, his rebellious spirit, and despair for his condition that ultimately leads to his death. Yellow, blue, red, and black are colors that Cather uses to depict her characters feelings and emotions...

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My Antonia

Changes in Willa Cather’s Work My Ántonia, a novel by Willa Cather, is written in the account of Jim Burden, a fictional character who resembles Cather in a lot of ways. Being born in Virginia but grew up in Nebraska, Willa Cather is famous for her works about life on the Great Plains of the Mid-West. This story, supposedly written by Jim, is set in the stage of westward migration in the mid-late 1800s, and tells Jim’s experience as a child growing up in Black Hawk, Nebraska. As Cather said in her...

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Paul's Case Analysis

symbolism Willa Cather incorporated into the story is crucial to understanding the way Paul's character progresses from beginning to end. In the beginning of the story Paul feels anxious about the things he wants and longs for in life, while at the same time feeling distraught towards the way he was currently living. The luxurious lifestyles of musicians and hotels that they stayed symbolized his admiration for their lifestyles. This explains Paul's fancy for hotels later in the story. As Cather states...

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Short Story Analysis Paul's Case

In Willa Cather's short story Paul's Case we learn of a young man who is fighting what he fears most: to be as common and plain as his world around him. How others perceive Paul only encourages him to fulfill his dream of escaping his monotonous lifestyle. Paul feels he is drowning in his everyday environment and his only breath of air is his savior: the theater. Paul has very little interest in his class studies. This leaves him open to distraction and eventually criticism. Although Paul's...

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Manifestdestiny My Antonia

keep if they lived on it for at least 5 years and paid 18 dollars. This was without a doubt an extravagant offer, and people, just like the Shimerdas in “my Antonia”, were ready to take that offer. “My Antonia” is a novel published in 1918 by Willa Cather, during the practice of the manifest destiny. Families from all over America and Europe were eager to move into the west. This novel is considered one of the greatest at the time because it turns the abstract idea of manifest destiny into concrete...

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Entrapment in Kate Chopin’s the Awakening

liberation only through physical tragedy and deprivation. Willa Cather, an American author and a Pulitzer Prize winner, stated, “Edna Pontellier, fanciful and romantic to the last, chose the sea on a summer night and went down with the sound of her first lover's spurs in her ears, and the scent of pinks about her. And next time I hope that Miss Chopin will devote that flexible, iridescent style of hers to a better cause.” (Cather) Cather agrees with my observations because she believes that Edna’s...

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Symbolism - "My Antonia"

vision disappeared; the ball dropped and dropped until the red tip went beneath the earth. The fields below us were dark, the sky was growing pale, and that forgotten plough had sunk back to its own littleness somewhere on the prairie” (50-51). Willa Cather My Antonia In the book, My Antonia, Jim Burden finds himself an orphan leaving his beloved home to a new, stranger place. When he first arrives he observes the country and how different the surroundings are. Throughout the story Jim finally...

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Neighbour Rosicky, a Story of Man and the Land

Tiffany Chang, B95102035 Proffer Bennett Fu Contemporary American Literature 5 January 2010 Neighbour Rosicky, one of Willa Cather’s stories of Nebraska, is about Mr. Rosicky’s life in the prairie of Midwestern America. He is a Czech immigrant who spends his early life in London and New York and then move to Nebraska for farming life. As a reader, because my home is in the countryside and my grandparents are farmers, I am so touched by Old Rosicky’s great affection for nature, land, and farming...

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O Pioneers!

Nicholas Jones 1/26/11 History 143 Dr. Quirk O Pioneers! By: Willa Cather. Published by Barnes and Noble books. O Pioneers! Book Review O Pioneers! Was written by Willa Cather and was first published in 1913 and it is a literary fiction. This book is about all the hardships of living in the planes or even just the hardships and challenges that people had to endure in the life of a pioneer. O Pioneers! takes place between the late 1800s and the early 1900s in Hanover Nebraska. The main character...

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Good Sad Story

a Narrative Essay about a quotation: “There are some things learned best in calm, some in storm” _ Willa Cather DETAILED OUTLINE: Introduction: Background information: If we want to grow, we have to learn a lot not only from books we read or stories we are told but also from our own stories. Thesis statement: Sometimes some lessons are better learned from a crisis in our life as Willa Cather said: “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm” Changing sentence: Introducing...

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