1. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  2. O pioneers!
  3. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  4. O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather

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O Pioneers! by Willa Cather. Adobe PDF icon. Download this document as File size: MB What's this? light bulb idea Many people prefer to read off-line. Willa Cather published "O Pioneers!" in at the age of Together with "My Antonia," "O Pioneers!" is the novel for which Cather is best known. The story in. O Pioneers! by. Willa Cather. Part 1 · Part 2 · Part 3. Back to Full Books.

O NE January day, thirty years ago, the little town of Hanover , anchored on a windy Nebraska tableland, was trying not to be blown away. A mist of fine snowflakes was curling and eddying about the cluster of low drab buildings huddled on the gray prairie, under a gray sky. The dwelling-houses were set about haphazard on the tough prairie sod ; some of them looked as if they had been moved in overnight, and others as if they were straying off by themselves, headed straight for the open plain. None of them had any appearance of permanence, and the howling wind blew under them as well as over them. The main street was a deeply rutted road, now frozen hard, which ran from the squat red railway station and the grain "elevator" at the north end of the town to the lumber yard and the horse pond at the south end. On either side of this road straggled two uneven rows of wooden buildings; the general merchandise stores, the two banks, the drug store, the feed store, the saloon, the post-office.

In the beginning of the novel, Alexandra Bergson 's father is already dying. Almost as soon as John Bergson is introduced, he is gone, and the same for his wife.

The story skips ahead in large chunks, focusing on the passage of time more than the linear development of Alexandra's life. The fragility and impermanence of human life are central to this story about settlers trying desperately to carve an existence out of wild plains.

Many of them die or leave in the process. In the end, the lives of four young people—including Amedee Chevalier who does not see a doctor in time—are taken or changed forever from the decision of a moment. Some of the young people whose lives are ended so quickly were in the prime of their youth and vigor, unaware of their mortality. This innocence is what makes their downfall so tragic and powerful and drives home the truth that no one is immune to the impermanence of life.

Even the landscape is one of impermanence. The normal passage of seasons brings regular and sometimes irregular change, death, and rebirth. Storms or droughts can wipe out plants, animals, and people.

In another way, the people themselves change the land into something unrecognizable. The plains look very different when Alexandra is an older, successful farmer than they look when she and Carl are children.

O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

Raise the mighty mother mistress, Waving high the delicate mistress, over all the starry mistress, bend your heads all, Raise the fang'd and warlike mistress, stern, impassive, weapon'd mistress, See my children, resolute children, By those swarms upon our rear we must never yield or falter, Ages back in ghostly millions frowning there behind us urging, Pioneers! On and on the compact ranks, With accessions ever waiting, with the places of the dead quickly fill'd, Through the battle, through defeat, moving yet and never stopping, Pioneers!

O to die advancing on!

Are there some of us to droop and die? Then upon the march we fittest die, soon and sure the gap is fill'd, Pioneers! All the pulses of the world, Falling in they beat for us, with the Western movement beat, Holding single or together, steady moving to the front, all for us, Pioneers! Life's involv'd and varied pageants, All the forms and shows, all the workmen at their work, All the seamen and the landsmen, all the masters with their slaves, Pioneers!

All the hapless silent lovers, All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked, All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying, Pioneers!

O pioneers!

Soon afterwards Carl returns to the Divide. He realizes that Alexandra needs him and the novel ends with their union. Read more from the Study Guide. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Copyrights O Pioneers!

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O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather

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