Some of thesesymbols are Jim’s grandomother’s garden and snake-killing incident. Jim’sgrandomother’s garden made him fell as a part of nature, as human beingsoriginally were in the Garden of Eden. When he came to the garden he would alsowonder if people felt like this when they died and became a part of knowledge,goodness, sun and air. His maturity makes him feel how he really feels aboutAntonia.
Jim was always afraid to tell Antonia how he felt about her. Ever sinceJim laid eyes on her, he knew that she was the love of his life, but didn’t wantto tell her because of the big difference of the social classes. Jim oftenwondered if Antonia could serve as a motherm friend, lover or sweetheart. In thegarden Jim and Antonia would play around, work in the garden and picked potatos. The garden symbolizes the freedom that children enjoyed during the youth years. When the sanke-incident happens Antonia brags about how brave Jim was.
Antoniaexclaimed to Jim’s family, “He fight something awful! He is all overJimmy’s boots. I scream for him to run, but he jsut hit an hit that snake likehe was crazy. (Page 33). At this point Jim realizes that Antonia was more that afriend but Antonia sees him more like a little brother especially since he isfour years younger than him. Work can also be another symbol in the term thatAntonia worked hard in the farm. “Her neck came up strongly out of hershoulders, like the hole of a tree out of the turf” Cather emphasizes.
Antonia goal was to prove her mother that she can work as well as Ambrosch leadsher to compete with the men plowing and to pick up masculine traits thatovershadow her feminity. Antonia would always work hard in the fields and peopleknew she was a hard worker. This symbol of work showes how she does not give upeven though she is a girl. Through out the novel symbolism is often used inevery chapter. Willa Cather often used symbolism portaining to Jim and Antonia. Willa Cather thought that using symbolism would bring more meaning to the novel.