by Willa Cather, Report by Eve Vanderneck
The Prairie Experience
Sitting in the prairie, at ground level, gives you a whole new perspective. The bland, even grass that you see from the road turns into a jungle of myriads of grasses, bugs, and plants. It starts to seem alive - and the colors and textures are so varied compared to what you can see from the road. The factor that made the prairie seem the most alive, though, was the wind. It moaned and wailed as its dark blanket of sound enveloped the land around me. The grass waved frantically at the slightest breeze and whooshed, making bigger sounds like the powerful ocean waves. The wind made the land seem so big. It must have floated in those powerful currents across the end of the world.
I enjoyed the prairie experience, though I wish we would have had more time to enjoy its beauty.
Theme of My Ántonia
My Ántonia and the Prairie
The land is also a very important factor to many people looking to find a new home back in the 1800's, and also still today. Many immigrants found a new land and home in the prairie. Farming and cultivating this land is a factor that our country depends on.
Whilst sitting in the prairie, looking just as it used to be back when pioneers and immigrants were first inhabiting it, I felt a deeper connection to the book characters, and also to the prairie. I felt that I could have been there, back in the late 1800's, out wandering by myself in the wide open prairie. The sky was so wide and blue, and it made you feel free. The people of the past have looked up at that same sky, and that is just amazing.