Jake Bralie English 152-5 Fairview High School November 12, 1997 Willa Cathers My Antonia (enter the rest of the title here) Jake Bralie November 12, 1997 Willa Cathers My Antonia: Success The American college dictionary defines success as 1. The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors, 2. The gaining of wealth, possessions, or the like. This has been the general seances for the past hundred years or more. But in more modern days the prospective of success has changed slightly. It has shifted to having a good education, going to collage, getting a carrier getting married & having children. Having your own home and eventually dying and passing it all on to a child or children.
Success is no longer satisfaction or personal goals. It has been supplemented by the goals society has preset for the populous that have been drilled into the minds of the young from the very beginning. To a man named Santiago in The Old Man and The Sea by: Earnest Hemingway, success was to conquer the Marlin Santiago had fought for so long. But as a cruel twist of fate his success is taken away in an instant when the prize he had fought so hard for was eaten by sharks, leaving Santiago with no spoils left to show for his hard fight. He was even so crushed by of the loss of the Marlin that he cried out to the sea I am beaten…hear stands a broken man (234). Santiago still experienced success in the fashion that when he returned to port the little boy named Manolin that he had taught how to fish earlier in the novel was allowed to come back to fish with him.
This was the ultimate form of success that was perceived for Santiago by Hemingway. To Jean Valjean in Les Misreables By: Victor Hugo , Valjeans success was represented in the form of going from convict to loving father of a daughter. The little girl named Cosette may not have been his true daughter, but after he had had dinner with a bishop that had seen the possibility of good in he started the transformation of his life. he met Cosettes mother and vowed to save her daughter from the place where she was being kept. The success Valjean experienced was what made his character the man that he was. But to Willa Cather in My Antonia, Antonia represents the highest form of success in this life. Antonias form of success is mandated by the way she follows the path in life that has been laid out before her. She by nature was a country girl.
She only visited Denver once, and for the majority of her life she stayed in and around Black Hawk and Lincoln. She lived out the way of life that was most natural to her. She was so driven by that success that she had achieved that she became a mother prematurely. But she is so driven to follow her path that not even becoming a mother early could stop her from following her path. (320) Father Kelly says that every one is put into this world for something, and I know what Ive got to do. Im going to see that my little girl has a better chance than I ever had.
Im going to take care of that girl. and she does. She takes splendid care of the girl and marries a man named Cuzak. He is by his nature a city man. But that wouldn’t stop Antonia from doing what she had set out to do.
Become a mother and a harvenger of life. Jim visited Antonia later in life but there was a twenty year gap in the time that they saw or herd from each other. When Jim saw her next he noticed this (343) As I confronted her, the changes grew less apparent to me, her identity stronger. She was there, in full vigor of her personality, battered but not diminished, looking at me, speaking to me in the husk, breathy voice I remember so well. She had been through so much during her life, she had birthed a child by her self, and gone on to over ten more.
She brought life unto the desolate land. Not only children. She had created a farm with apples orchards, cattle, chickens and much more. She had brought life too the desolate landscape of untouched country. She had concord it along with her destiny. Through the sacrifices she made life had come to the new frontier. Jim Burden sacrifices to gain the success that he has obtained.
He gave up a life with Lena Lengard to get a higher education. He also gave up the option to go back to Black Halk so that he could go to new yourk to create a life for himself. He sacrafised a life with Antonia to further advance his life as a busisness man. But he deffenatly regretted some of his sacrasfices. (321) Do you know , Antonia, since Ive been away, I think of you more often than of anyone else in this part of the world.
Not only does he regrett having not being around her he regrettes passing up a life with her. (321) Id have liked to have you for a sweethart, or a wife… or anything that a woman can be to a man. But this is not the first time he would sacrafice to gain a measure of success. (292, 294) Then I told her I was going away…My Lincolen chapter closed abruptly. He gave up a already wounderfull and florishing relationship with Lena Lengard to go off with a professur of his called Cleric to Boston to continue the expansion of his edgucation.
So that in turn he could become more successfull as he went on in life. Jim went on to gain his success. But it was a success that could have made him miserable. He went on to help build the country through the railway (Introduction) He is legal counsel for one of the great Western railways.. He had a hard job but he also wasent around his home in New York often, (Intro.) …and is often away from his office for weeks together .
If that wasent enough the sacrafices he had made in the past had cost him in the future. The romances he gave up would end him up with a meaningless mariage. (Intro.) He did not like his wife…but dissapointments have not changed him. But he eventually gains success that quells the voide that the many sacrafices left in his personage. But he found it with the family that Antonia had made.
(368) I found that I hated to leve these boys, with there pleasent voices and there fine heads and eyes. Not only did these boys become his suraget sons but he would come back for them and take them on outings with him (368) Dont forget that you and Rudolph are going hunting with me up on the Niobrara next summer. Jim acchived his success, but never took large risks to get there. He played it safe and largely avoided adventure in his aquasition of success but it payed off for Jim Burden better than he could have ever imagined. Tiny Soderball was to lead the most adventerious life and to achive the most solid worldly success, Said Jim Burden (299).
She truly was. But her success didnt come cheep. It cost her blood, sweat, and tears not to metion a few toes. She worked hard while she lived in black halk. She started her working carrier at the Boys Home hotel in Black Halk to start.
When she struk out on her own she went to seattle and built a lodging-house in seattle and du …