O Pioneers!


Willa Cather

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The land is of such significance in O Pioneers! that Cather even commented that the true heroine of the novel is the land itself. It is the land that undergoes the most dramatic transformation in… (read full symbol analysis)

Ducks and Wild Birds

The symbol of wild birds appears subtly in the novel, but it recurs at key points. The characters first discuss the shooting of wild birds when the Bergsons and Carl Linstrum go to buy a… (read full symbol analysis)

White Mulberry Tree

The white mulberry tree is a species nonnative to Nebraska, just like the homesteaders who arrive from foreign countries. It is known for being a short-lived species, reflecting the brevity of Emil and Marie’s relationship… (read full symbol analysis)