Choose a descriptive passage from My Antonia. Discuss the techniques that Cather uses to make the descriptions interesting and vivid.

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You'll want to pick a passage or two that you personally find "interesting and vivid," but I hope that I can help get you started by talking about what passages I would pick.

While many people might focus on Cather's descriptions of the landscape, I would probably focus on the descriptions of the rattlesnake in Chapter 7:

I whirled round, and there, on one of those dry gravel beds, was the biggest snake I had ever seen. ... When I turned, he was lying in long loose waves, like a letter `W.' He twitched and began to coil slowly. He was not merely a big snake, I thought--he was a circus monstrosity. His abominable muscularity, his loathsome, fluid motion, somehow made me sick. He was as thick as my leg, and looked as if millstones couldn't crush the disgusting vitality out of him. He lifted his hideous little head, and rattled.



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