My Antonia

Who is Jim and what is his role in the book?


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Jim Burden

The narrator of the novel, Jim comes to Nebraska as a young child to live with his grandparents on the frontier. The novel is the story of his relationship with an immigrant girl Ántonia, who he idealizes and admires.Jim is intelligent and articulate. Even as a boy he preferred the company of strong individuals like Antonia. Much of the book is through the very reliable eyes of Jim.