Paper on My Antonia

This essay has a total of 886 words and 5 pages.

My Antonia

My Antonia takes place mostly in the countryside in Nebraska. Many events happen because
of this location. Russian Pavel is wounded working in the country, later he dies. Mr.
Shimerda commits suicide because he is not used to country living and does not like it.
The main characters move to Black Hawk, a nearby town to their farm, only to return to the
country in end.

Jim Burden, the narrator of the novel, comes to Nebraska to live with his grandparents.
He spends a few years on his grandparent’s farm then they move to Black Hawk. While
on the farm he becomes a good friend to a Bohemian immigrant girl, Antonia Shimerda.

Antonia, who is a few years older than Jim, arrives at Nebraska with her family at the
same time as Jim. They grow up together as neighbors until the Burdens move to Black
Hawk. Jim is unable to keep in contact with Antonia like they used too on the farm when
she assumes a great deal of responsibilities after the death of her father. Eventually
Antonia moves to Denver with her fiancÚ and Jim goes off to college.

Jim had first arrived in Nebraska at the age of ten, when he made the trip west to live
with his grandparents after finding himself orphaned in Virginia. On this same train, Jim
has his first glimpse of the Shimerdas, a Bohemian immigrant family traveling in the same

The Shimerdas took up residence in a neighboring farm to the Burdens’. Jim makes
fast friends with the Shimerda children, especially Antonia who is eager to learn English.
At her father’s request, Jim begins to tutor Antonia, and the two of them spend
much of the autumn exploring their new landscape together.

Not long after Christmas, tragedy strikes with the suicide of Mr. Shimerda. After an
emotional funeral, the Shimerdas retreat into despair, and the Burdens struggle to be as
accommodating as possible. Because of the hardships that the Shimerdas suffer, Antonia
and Jim grow apart.

A couple of years later, the Burdens decide to move into town, and shortly thereafter,
Antonia takes a job as a housekeeper with a neighboring family, the Harling. Jim begins
to see more of Antonia again, especially when a dancing pavilion comes to town and
Continues for 3 more pages >>

  • My ?ntonia
    My ?ntonia Antonia is a very nice young girl at the beginning of the story. She is so beautiful, that all boys are mesmerized by the way she looks. She is a very nice your girl and is willing to be friends with anyone who wants to be friends. She is especially nice to Jimmy, because he is the first person that she meets when she moves to her new house. Antonia becomes much better friends with Jimmy as time passes. He teaches her English and many other things. They spend much of their time togeth