Describe Antonia at the end of the book. how has she change, and in what way does she stay the same?Antonia is obviously the hero of this story.  what characterize ger as the hero, and how does...

Describe Antonia at the end of the book. how has she change, and in what way does she stay the same?

Antonia is obviously the hero of this story.  what characterize ger as the hero, and how does her character change by the end of the book.

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When the reader first meets Antonia, she is a young girl. She is full of hope and plans for the future. She wants to learn English, she wants to go to school. After her father dies, however, she has to help her family. Her dreams must be put away. Her mother is overwhelmed and weak, and she is not a good role model for Antonia. Antonia learns more about how to be a mother and run a household from Mrs. Harling, during the years she works there. She also wants to have fun, though, and for a period in her life, she starts to party  - go out dancing, etc. She falls in love with a worthless man who gets her pregnant and then deserts her. So, with all of this, Antonia experiences life in a much harder way than Jim does because she comes from a different world than he does. For most of the novel, he does not understand this.

By the end of the novel, Antonia is a survivor. Her life had not worked out the way she thought it would when she was a young girl, but she is happy nonetheless. She has a large loving family, a good husband who loves her. She has land and a thriving farm. She represents the pioneer spirit, the type of people that helped settle the west. Jim left the west and went back east. At the end of the novel, he is divorced and unhappy and comes home seeking the happiness he once knew. He finds that Antonia is not successful perhaps in the same way he is (with a career) but she is much happier than he is. She is fulfilled and he is not.

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