What is the meaning of the theme city versus country in the "Neighbor Rosicky"?

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In "Neighbor Rosicky", Willa Cather contrasts Rosicky's experiences in the city and in the country. Cather compares the closed in spaces of London and New York to the open prairies of Nebraska. City life is shown has harsh and unkind. Cities are places that are far away from growing crops and beautiful farmlands. Although life might be difficult on in the country, people are honest and not hardened by living too close to one another. People aren't cheated in the country. They are kind and not cynical because they are close to nature and natural cycles. In the city, people live away from nature and are thus poisoned by each other. For Rosicky, country living is much more more natural than city living.