In the book My Antonia, name and discuss three characteristics that Antonia exhibits that lead to Cather's admiration?I'm really brain dead right now!!! I have so much homework over the summer its...

In the book My Antonia, name and discuss three characteristics that Antonia exhibits that lead to Cather's admiration?

I'm really brain dead right now!!! I have so much homework over the summer its crazy!! so I just need some help on this one question, if anyone can help me that would be awesome!!!

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I think that Willa Cather admired Antonia's indomitable spirit. Although many hardships came her way, she was never defeated. Her defeats were temporary setbacks - her father's death, her pregnancy and abandonment, her situation at the Harlings.

Although Antonia is impulsive, Cather seems to admire this. When she compares Antonia's impulsiveness to the fearful Jim, Antonia always seems to come out ahead. Jim admires these qualities in Antonia, at the same time as he recognizes that they can be destructive. Antonia, unlike him, is not afraid to take risks like he is.

Antonia is also loyal. She is loyal to her terrible mother, even though her mother does not deserve it. She is loyal to her brothers, even though they don't treat her well. She is loyal to the Harlings and does not blame them when they do not approve of the choices she makes. She stuck it out a long time with the worthless Larry, who finally abandoned her when she got pregnant. She is also loyal to the man she winds up marrying. She admits to Jim that he has his foibles, but she has a large family and she has made the best of it. Jim envies her life when he returns to visit her years later.

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