My Antonia by Willa Cather

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Symbolism, Characters and the story from a woman's perspective

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Running head: My Antonia by Willa Cather`My Antonia by Willa CatherInsert Name HereUniversity Affiliations1My Antonia by Willa Cather2QUESTION THREE: SYMBOLISMThe three main symbols used are the Nebraska landscape, the plow, and JimThe Nebraska LandscapeThis is the most important and universal symbols that Cather used in My Antonia. Shepoetically praises the Nebraska landscape hence making it the most outstanding and unique partof the novel. The landscape is used in the novel to depict the larger human environments ideawhere people are living and moving. The landscape mirrors Jims feelings and relationship withpeople and culture of Nebraska. The landscape is the most physical symbols of the past that Jimremembers about and his childhood. Willa writes The only thing very noticeable aboutNebraska was that it was still, all day long, Nebraska.The PloughThe plow symbolizes the man's effort to live off the land. This being a very importanttool for farming, it is only wise to conclude that the plow represents the farming that's takingplace in the area. Cather writes The fields below us were dark, the sky was growing pale, andthat forgotten plow had sunk back to its own littleness somewhere on the prairie. Both the plowand the people are both heroic and the people are trying to live off the Nebraskan lands. Jim isdepicted as he feels swallowed up by the vast bushy plains so is the plow depicted as "back intoits own littleness

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