Jim titles his manuscript "My Antonia" on the spot.• The novel flashes back to Jim's youth.
Jim Burden is now a ten-year-old boy riding on a train from Virginia to Nebraska.
In the second incident, Jim is about to enter law school, and Ántonia knows that it would be difficult for him to finish law school while married and raising a family.
While it might seem to romantic sense for the two to marry, Ántonia is still a Bohemian woman with very little education, while Jim is the top in his class and the only child of wealthy Virginia farmers. Moreover, Ántonia has always adopted a motherly attitude toward Jim, scolding Lena for distracting him, and telling her to avoid interrupting his studies in Lincoln.
This creates a sense of contrast, of Ántonia’s uniqueness, and also of the tragic dimension of her story.
On the other hand, the inclusion of multiple characters, many of whom lead successful lives, gives Cather the chance to make the book positive or “happy.” For example, showing Ántonia’s effect on the Burden household, and then on the Harling household, helps the reader see how she awakens affection in those she encounters.
People of similar origins also tend to live together.
The Norwegians have their own group or “settlement” in a certain part of the area, and their own graveyard.
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