An analysis of characterization in a wagner matinee by willa cather

How popular was Wagner's music in Europe and in America? Sobbing, she pleads to her nephew as the concert ends, "I don't want to go, Clark, I don't want to go! In "A Resurrection" the town of Brownville, which Cather wrote about directly and dismally in an Journal article, is a place "without aim or purpose. Aunt Georgiana, a close portrait of Cather's own Aunt Franc, seems worn out and positively starved for beauty. Essays may be lightly modified for readability or to protect the anonymity of contributors, but we do not edit essay examples prior to publication. Theodore Roosevelt was inspired in his conservationist efforts as president by his life on the frontier, which he describes in Hunting Trips of a Ranchman. A perusal of the rejected works shows, too, that Miss Cather explored nearly every mode of popular fiction practiced during the long years of her apprenticeship. Aunt and nephew briefly discuss the music and its structure. Howard requests in his letter that Clark meet Georgiana at the train station and assist her in whatever way he can. Just as "A Wagner Matinee" features a male character's point of view, Cather's later works similarly employ male characters from whose points of view the stories are told.

The material is so extensive and appeared over so long a time that some sort of classification of it is necessary. Today: Boston maintains its historic reputation as one of America's premier cultural cities, attracting lovers of music, theater, art, and dance.

Was the diet fruit and vegetable based? Miss Cather's undergraduate stories began appearing in ; her posthumous stories appeared in While the concert hall is no longer a place Georgiana fully belongs, the barrenness of Nebraska has become all the more repellent in light of the glimpse of transcendence the concert has given her.

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Roosevelt was moved to protect at least some of what was once the great American frontier from oversettlement, but he was aware that land that could actually be called "frontier" in the truest, wildest, unsettled sense of the word was becoming quite rare.

Is it possible for such a person to survive in the nakedness of such an environment? Bennett, Mildred R. Rather, the author exploits the details of harsh frontier life to make accessible and apparent to the reader the pain and suffering Georgiana lives with on a daily basis.

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Hermione Lee, for example, points to an opposition between "mid-western philistinism" and the world of art as the principle of the whole. Another critical approach to "A Wagner Matinee" explores the story's characterization.

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Curtis Bradford In the following excerpt, Bradford argues that Cather carefully controlled which of her early stories appeared in later collections, including "A Wagner Matinee" but excluding others, suggesting that she was attempting to "contrive and set before us a picture both prettier and simpler than the actuality.

Her eyes were closed, but the tears were glistening on her cheeks, and I think, in a moment more, they were in my eyes as well.

However, her greatest sadness appears to be the severe scarcity of music in her life, apart from the organ in her home. Bennett, Mildred R. Thirteen of the stories before Troll Garden are set on the prairies. Clark also mentions the way his aunt and her husband measured off their eighty-acre parcel of land: by counting the revolutions of the wheel of their covered wagon. He regards her in the same way that explorers are viewed when they return to civilization with missing limbs. It is a thriving venue that supports writers, artists, and musicians. It may also be important that Cather focuses on the colour black throughout the story. To protect the anonymity of contributors, we've removed their names and personal information from the essays. Clark Clark is the narrator of "A Wagner Matinee. Yet through Clark's observations of, comments about, and attitude toward Georgiana, his own character is revealed. Georgiana had even prevailed upon him to sing in the church choir, but he disappeared after spending a drunken holiday weekend in town. It is he rather than Flavia who is sought out for conversation by the truest artist in the group of guests, and it is he who is sensitive to the feelings of the narrator, Imogen Willard a name borrowed from Cather's Pittsburgh friends May and Mary Willard. We noted earlier that a retrospective writer will be a long time getting under way. Until her visit, Georgiana has not been back to Boston in thirty years, longer than Clark has been alive.
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Short Story Analysis: A Wagner Matinee by Willa Cather