In My Antonia, why is Antonia so important to Jim?

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In the novel, Antonia is important to Jim because she is the personification of all the things that he holds dear. In his mind, she is a connection to his new home in Nebraska and his early teen years; she could even be considered his first love interest. She was more than a friend to him (in his eyes), and it is this deep connection that compels him to maintain an affinity for her.

They both started their lives in Nebraska under different, yet challenging, circumstances (he being recently orphaned and she, an immigrant moving to a new land). There is certainly a component related to this over which they bond, with particular emphasis to being "on the land," but it is in their...

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