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My Antonia Analysis

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Longing for Better Times Everyone can think upon their past and remember a time where things were easier or more fun. Throughout the book My Antonia by Willa Cather, longing for a time in the past is a recurring theme. The story is told through Jim Burden’s eyes and his times with the lovely Antonia. As life goes on, Jim reminisces about his childhood with Antonia. These memories transits from teenage years, all the way into late adulthood for Jim and Antonia. To start, the first time we see Jim and Antonia’s relationship drift is after Mr Schimerdas dies from supposedly killing himself. When Jim comes to teach Antonia more English after that, he begins to only teach Yulka. Antonia, being the next oldest kin, had to go out to work on the farm. “‘I ain’t got time to learn. I can work like mens now. My mother can’t say no more how Amrosch do all and nobody to help him. I can work as much as him. School is alright for little boys. I help make this land one good farm.’” (61) Antonia is four years older than Jim, making her responsibilities even greater. Jim misses the days where the two of them went out in adventures, but soon has to go to school in town. This means that Jim will be even further away from Antonia. Eventually, Jim and his Grandparents move into town so Jim can go to school. At which is bittersweet for him and the Schimerdas. “After I began to go to the country school, I saw less of the Bohemians. We were
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