What is the significance of the land in One of Ours by Willa Cather?

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The significance of the land in Cather's narrative is that acts as a symbol and as an adversary. Claude's farmland is a symbol for his inner character and for his psychological agitation. His psychological urge is toward "an intense kind of hope, an intense kind of pain,—the conviction that there was something splendid about life, if he could but find it."

Claude lay still, his arms under his head, looking up at the hard, polished blue sky, watching the flocks of crows go over from the fields where...

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