Day 5

My Antonia Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why do you think Tiny and Lena had such different perceptions of Ántonia's marriage and adulthood?

    Some students will note that Tiny "struck it rich" in her early adulthood, according to the story told in Book IV: she would see farmwork, children, and even being married as a struggle that Lena, more generous of spirit and more imaginative about others, might not consider it to be. Lena is portrayed as a character who can understand things as they are, and she understands how important Ántonia and Jimmy have always been to each other; she focuses on the importance of that.

  2. 2

    Why was Jimmy so fearful of seeing Ántonia, and how does this change when he does see her?

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