By Harold Bloom
Willa Cather?s My Antonia, a nostalgic novel approximately an past the United States, portrays the harmonies and disharmonies of the human international and the realm of nature. This novel gathers jointly the very best feedback to be had at the textual content, which covers such components in the textual content as wish and reminiscence, the yankee Dream, intercourse, and extra. The name, Willa Cather’s My Antonia, a part of Chelsea apartment Publishers’ glossy severe Interpretations sequence, offers crucial 20th-century feedback on Willa Cather’s My Antonia via extracts of serious essays by way of famous literary critics. This choice of feedback additionally incorporates a brief biography on Willa Cather, a chronology of the author’s existence, and an introductory essay written via Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale collage.
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Mildred Bennett, The World of Willa Cather (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1961), pp. 110–114. 4. Willa Cather: Her Life and Art (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1970), pp. 45, 53, 176. The Defeat of a Hero 37 5. Willa Cather, rev. of The Awakening, in Kate Chopin, The Awakening, edited by Margaret Culley (New York: Norton, 1976), pp. 153–154. 6. Two lesser late novels, Lucy Gayheart (1935) and Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940), are devoid of heroes of either gender. Instead they present women, trapped in traditional situations, who are weak or cruel and who end in suicide and paralysis.
That constant dark colour in her cheeks never changed” (p. 223). Like flies the men begin to circle around her—the iceman, the delivery boys, the young farmers from the divide; and her employer, Mr. Harling, a demanding, intimidating, patriarch insists that she give up the dances where she The Defeat of a Hero 33 attracts so much attention. When she refuses, he banishes her from his family. Next becoming the object of her new employer’s lust, Ántonia loses Jim’s affection and, by the end of the summer, has embarked on a disastrous affair with the railroad conductor, Donovan.
They lived in a mutually beneficial, supportive relationship: “Tiny audits Lena’s accounts occasionally and invests her money for her; and Lena, apparently, takes care that Tiny doesn’t grow too miserly,” Jim tells us (p. 328). Both Lena and Tiny are independent and unconventional; Lena particularly understands and values the single self. In a revealing detail, she instructs her brother to buy handkerchiefs for their mother with an embroidered “B” for her given name, “Berthe,” rather than with an “M” for mother.