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Lisa Marie. “Willa Cathers My Antonia: Haunting the Houses of Memory.” Twentieth Century Literature 46 (2000): Literary Reference Center, Galileo. MPHS Library, 18 April 2011 (#33 a work from an online service to which your library subscribes) This article analyzes My Antonia and it’s theme of memory and how it haunts some of the characters. It talks about the story of the wolves and how its haunted Peter and Pavel and how that brings gothic to the story. It also tells why Cather included...

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Antonia Shimerda in My Antonia

My Antonia, written by Willa Cather, is a novel about the main character, Jim Burden’s, childhood in Nebraska and his relationship with his dear friend, Antonia Shimerda, who was a Bohemian immigrant. Their friendship was tested by the various events that occurred through their lives and the different paths their lives took them down. After so many years, Jim looked back on his childhood with Antonia and tried to remember everything they shared together. He had trouble remembering but recalled...

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Pauls Case

“Paul’s Case” written by Willa Cather not only offers an entertaining read with content which at first glance can come off as merely a story, but when read closely it becomes evident that there are substantial themes being explored through Cather’s protagonist, Paul, along with his predicament. Paul, a young boy living on Cordelia Street, a place that quite inordinately contradicts his frequent exotic fantasies, sets course toward tragedy when he begins to realize he can no longer remain within the...

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Misunderstandings of Money

creates distress, causing downfalls to one’s being. In Willa Cather’s “Paul’s Case,” Paul, the protagonist views money as the key to escape his poor life and live the fabulous life he deserves. As other factors shape Paul’s way of viewing money as the escape route, it only leads him to an undesirable path. Paul’s misunderstanding of the value of money leads to unrelenting disappointments, resulting in his tragic downfall. “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather tells a story of a young boy who dreams the life...

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Women's Literary Struggles

and troubles evident. Authors like Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, and Sarah Orne Jewett were able to portray the struggles a woman would have in the time in a way nobody else had dared to. Willa Cather was an author who wrote about the woman’s place in society in “A Wagner Matinee.” Cather criticized the way women were forced to give up their passions for their husband and family. The main character explains how his Aunt gave up her passion for music when Cather writes: “”Don't love it so well, Clark...

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Elopement Goes with a Huge Price

I was filled with the admiration for their bravery to challenge the social ideas and defend their romantic love. Such stories always end up with”They lived happily together ever after” in my naïve mind. However, after reading My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather and Shangshi by Lu Xun, I started to reflect on the real sense of elopement. Generally speaking, two lovers elope as a result of their fervent love being objected by their families or the society. The lovers believe by running away from their...

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Willa Cather Writing Comparison

Willa Cather Writing Comparison Cather creates characters who often leave the places she so lovingly describes because she herself left her home. This tendency of writing about scenarios where people leave is something close to home for her, and thus she can write more easily about it and put true meaning in her words and descriptions. Most often, the best writing is that which is pulled from life experiences and events which have touched the heart. Quite possibly, that is why Cather has proved...

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Essay on "A Wagner Matinee"

another. Although compromise in a relationship is a necessary component for its success, denying the core of who you are is not. Speaking from experience, in the end, there will be nothing but resentment and identity-conflict. “A Wagner Matinee” by Willa Cather relates to my life in many ways as it exposes the results of sacrificing one’s true self and the disturbing consequences of physical hardship, emotional distress, and regret. The story of Georgiana Carpenter was narrated by her nephew, Clark,...

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essay explication

of the 20th century, it is clear that the natural environment and ecology have played a very significant role in the development of literary tradition. Two examples of this movement can be seen in the various works of poet Robert Frost and author Willa Cather’s, My Antonia. Nature figures prominently in Frost’s poetry, and his poems usually include a moment of interaction or encounter between a human speaker and a natural subject or phenomenon. These encounters culminate in profound realizations...

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Paul's Case the Movie vs. Paul's Case the Short Story

Sometimes in movie production a film is developed from a piece of literature. 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. Most movies that are inspired by books hold some relation to the author's...

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