In the book My Antonia who learns more through their relationship, Jim or Antonia? I need three reasons. I actually have an idea for this i just need to make sure I’m right.

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I think, for practical reasons, the answer has to be Jim.

  1. The story is told from Jim’s point of view, so whatever lessons Antonia might have learned are simply the ones Jim thinks she has learned. A major element in the book is Antonia’s unavailability, or otherness. Part of her allure is that Jim never knows what she thinks, and one of the things that sometimes frustrates people about the book is Jim’s tendency to project meanings onto Antonia. She is, however, her own person.
  2. I think what Jim learns from this relationship is that it is possible for people to have fulfilling lives independent of himself. As Frances tells him in Chapter XIII, “‘I expect I know the country girls better than you do. You always put a kind of glamour over them. The trouble with you, Jim, is that you’re romantic.’” Jim is a romantic, but girls like Antonia don’t depend on his “glamorizing” to live their lives.
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jim i thinkbecause he is a narrater qand knows

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