The Hired Girls & Lena
Who are the Hired Girls and how do the townspeople feel about them? (define any prejudice)
Why does Jim prefer to spend time with them?
Analyze Lena's purpose in the novel, and compare her to Antonia & Tiny.
How do the characters react to her relationship with Larry Donovan.
How does this tragedy help define Antonia's character?
Describe Antonia's relationship with Anton and their children.
Describe Antonia's relationship to the land.
Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.
Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.
Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).
Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.
The one who stays with the land will be magnified and fulfilled. How does this theme relate to the lives of Jim, Antonia, and Lena?
Relationship between new immigrants (the Shimerdas especially) and the older immigrants (represented by the Burdens). How do their relationships define the attitudes and life issues on the prairie?
Themes: friendship, immigration and prejudice, loneliness.
Discuss the structure of the novel -- a collection of memories told by Jim Burden.