, a symbol of the farm work the Shimerdas
and the Burdens
do on the prairie,
symbolizes man's "beautiful and harmonious" connection to the land. At the end of Book 2, before Jim
leaves Black Hawk for college, he sees a plough silhouetted in the circle of the red sun setting behind it. The sky quickly grows dark, and the plough disappears from view. This image suggests Jim's impending separation from Ántonia
—while Ántonia remains on the prairie, Jim leaves for good. The change also foreshadows the changes that the development of farming will inflict on the natural prairie landscape.