starts with the death of Jims Parents when he was at the age of 10. He was on
his way to start his life all over again in Nebraska, where his grandparents
stayed at. Jim had developed an interest in Immigrant girls, and he liked
helping them and he was a smart young boy. Jim finds himself fascinated by Antonia
as he grew with her in Nebraska. He grew up in that land to understand how hard
life was for immigrants who came down to America.
Jim has a
broad understanding about immigrants in the beginning of the novel, then later recognizes
that everyone has the chance of having a bright future. He grows into a
romantic young boy as he moves into the town and mingles with other people.
Jim’s character towards Antonia makes the reader confused whether he likes her
as a sister or likewise. Jim begins to admire the country girls who worked in
Blackhawk and he condemned the town boys because he thought that they do not
deserve the beautiful country girls.
Jim moves to
university in Lincoln at the age of 19, where his character changes completely
as he gets fond of operas and theatres. Over there he meets Lena Lingard; a
country girl who worked in his town. She tells him that she has used the little
money she got from the work in Black Hawk to start a small business. His time
with her seems to affect his studies, so he was asked to move to Harvard to
complete his education there, and he non- hesitantly obeyed.
The news Jim
hears about Antonia remained a shock in him after he came for a holiday from
university. He thought about how he was going to forgive Antonia for giving
herself to a cheap man who deceived her severely and left her alone with a poor
to meet Antonia after two decades. Although he is successful in his life, he
feels empty and Antonia is the one that fills in the gap for him. She hadn’t
grown into any rich folk, but she was happy like that with her many children.
The novel ends with Jim knowing the meaning of life in which he was lost in for
years, and now he has found a place he can call home.