In My Antonia, who learns more through their friendship, Jim or Antonia?

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Though Jim is the protagonist of the story, it is difficult to ascertain who would have the greatest impact on the other. It is easier to see the impact Antonia has on Jim as Jim is the protagonist of the story, and we have his point of view. My opinion is that Antonia has a greater impact on Jim in a sense. Jim is privileged, while Antonia lives a very hard life. She is not well off and is deceived by a lover in the book; she is then left alone and with her child. There is a sense that Antonia is always surviving, and while Jim is still important to her as the years pass, she survives alone until she remarries. Meanwhile, Jim always thinks of Antonia as another route he could have taken in his life, and fate just did not turn that direction for him. Cather writes,

Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the...

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