Compare the situation of Antonia Shimerda (at the beginning of the novel) with Antonia Cuzak (at the end of the novel).In what ways was it different and in what ways was it similar?

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msbrenner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a really interesting question, specifically if you look at the book from more of an American Studies standpoint in terms of Frederick Jackson Turner's Fronteir Thesis.  Antonia at the beginning of the novel is:

*happy

*hopeful

*Bohemian (in language and culture)

At the end of the novel, Antonia is:

*happy

*hopeful (isn't having children the most hopeful thing one can do in their lives?  and she has a bunch!)

*Bohemian (in language and culture)

She, contrary to Turner, is not Americanized by the frontier.  (As opposed to Lena who is thoroughly enamoured with the American Dream of turn of the century America.)

As for differences, I would say that there are very few--really more differences between AC and AS with the Tony of Book 2.

She is working for/indebted to her husband instead of Ambrosh (cited leader of the family).  She works more in the home (women's work) as opposed to the fields.