By Harold Bloom
Willa Cather?s My Antonia, a nostalgic novel approximately an past the US, portrays the harmonies and disharmonies of the human international and the realm of nature. This novel gathers jointly the superior feedback to be had at the textual content, which covers such parts in the textual content as desire and reminiscence, the yankee Dream, intercourse, and extra. The name, Willa Cather’s My Antonia, a part of Chelsea condominium Publishers’ sleek severe Interpretations sequence, provides an important 20th-century feedback on Willa Cather’s My Antonia via extracts of serious essays through famous literary critics. This selection of feedback additionally includes a brief biography on Willa Cather, a chronology of the author’s existence, and an introductory essay written through Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the arts, Yale college.
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His reactions here ironically prefigure the way he will repeat Sylvester Lovett’s pattern, will toy with Lena but marry a wealthy bloodless woman of his own ethnicity and class. Sexuality, then, threatens both the “racial purity” and the respectability of old Black Hawk residents. It is also a threat to the immigrant, and here Cather takes considerable pains to make her point clear. In Ántonia, she writes a character whose moral isolation is all but total, who must do without the support of extended family and tradition, who must rely on herself alone to make her marital arrangements, and who at first fails disastrously.
But that don’t mean I’ll lose you. Look at my papa here, he’s been dead all these years, 34 Deborah G. Lambert and yet he is more real to me than almost anybody else. He never goes out of my life” (p. 320). Jim’s response expresses similar nostalgia and an amorphous yearning: “. . since I’ve been away, I think of you more often than of anyone else in this part of the world. I’d have liked to have you for a sweetheart, or a wife, or my mother, or my grandmother, or my sister—anything that a woman can be to a man.
Finally, I concluded that I would write from the point of view of the detached observer, because that was what I had always been. Then I noticed that much of what I knew about Annie came from the talks I had with young men. She had a fascination for them, and they used to be with her whenever they could. They had to manage it on the sly, because she was only a hired girl. But they respected her, and she meant a good deal to some of them. ” The fascination here seems to imply not only a romantic and sexual attraction, but also horror at the attraction.