In "A Wagner Matinee" by Willia Cather, how do Clark and his aunt respond to the concert?
“A Wagner Matinee” by Willa Cather takes place at the end of the nineteenth century. The point of view of the story is first person with Clark Hamilton as the narrator. Everything is seen from his perspective.
Important relationships become the primary focus of the story. The nephew and his aunt---Clark and his Aunt Georgiana---have a long history together. However, it has been years since they have seen each other. Clark and his aunt have changed significantly. The author treats the relationship between the two people is treated with beauty and dignity.
The aunt had been a musician and music teacher. She married and moved to Nebraska. Her life revolved around her family and the farm. Her love of music seemingly had lost its importance.
When he is told that the aunt is coming to Boston, Clark feels trepidation because of the long time that has passed. He loves his aunt because she helped to raise him and she introduced him to music.
Clark decides to treat his aunt to a Wagner concert because she probably has not been able to hear this kind of music since she moved to Nebraska. Initially, the two people are uncomfortable. She is worried about the farm activities; he is surprised at how much she has aged and how different she acts. He is successful, however, in persuading her to attend a matinee performance of Wagner's music.
When the pair attends the concert, Aunt Georgiana’s shabby dress clearly shows that she does not belong in the fashionable world of the women who attend the music concert. The reader experiences the concert as though he is sitting beside the aunt and nephew. Aunt Georgiana,as described by Clark who deeply...
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