Overview

Native Son was the first novel by an American writer to deeply explore the black struggle for identity and the anger blacks have felt because […]

Introduction

Willa Cather’s My Antonia (1918) is the story of both Antonia Shimerda, a Bohemian immigrant to the state of Nebraska in the 1880s, and the […]

Willa Cather

Born in Virginia in 1873, Willa Cather spent the first decade of her life on her family’s farm in Back Creek Valley. In 1884, her […]

Plot Summary

A Introduction Willa Cather’s My Antonia begins in the voice of an unnamed narrator who “introduces” not only the novel but also Jim Burden, whose […]

Characters

A Jim Burden As narrator, Jim Burden is Cather’s persona-that is, he serves as a stand-in for the author. He comes to Nebraska at about […]

Themes

A Change and Transformation Willa Cather’s straightforward story of Antonia Shimerda, a Bohemian immigrant to Nebraska, parallels the change in the lives of the two […]

Construction

A Point of View My Antonia is at once the story of Antonia Shimerda, a Bohemian immigrant to the Great Plains in the 1880s, and […]

Questions

Explore the religious, social, and national background of the various waves of European immigration to the Great Plains and how these factors affected their assimilation […]

Compare and Contrast

IX COMPARE AND CONTRAST 1880s: The “new immigrants” who came from eastern and southern Europe in the 1880s are considered a potential threat to the […]