Jim Burden

(Novels for Students)

As narrator, Jim Burden is Cather's persona—that is, he serves as a stand-in for the author. He comes to Nebraska at about the same age and...

(The entire section is 354 words.)

Ántonia Shimerda

(Novels for Students)

Ántonia is fourteen when she first meets Jim and gives him a ring. Her warmth and impulsiveness are immediately evident, the very...

(The entire section is 401 words.)

Mrs. Emmaline Burden

(Novels for Students)

Jim's sturdy grandmother runs an orderly, proper household, a counterpoint to the Shimerda's animal-like cave. Awareness of differences makes...

(The entire section is 150 words.)

Other Characters

(Novels for Students)

Grandmother Burden
See Mrs. Emmaline Burden.

Grandfather Burden
See Mr. Burden.

Mr. Burden

(The entire section is 1814 words.)

Characters Developed

(Beacham's Encyclopedia of Popular Fiction)

My Antonia has a double protagonist, being at one and the same time the story of Antonia Shimerda and the story of how the narrator Jim...

(The entire section is 1234 words.)