O Pioneers! | Critical Essay by Sally Peltier Harvey

This literature criticism consists of approximately 16 pages of analysis & critique of O Pioneers!.
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Critical Essay by Sally Peltier Harvey

SOURCE: Harvey, Sally Peltier. “O Pioneers!” In Redefining the American Dream: The Novels of Willa Cather, pp. 33-41. Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University, 1995.

In the following essay, Harvey discusses the concept of the American Dream and its role in Cather's O Pioneers!

The quest to define self that fails in Alexander's Bridge proves decidedly more successful in Cather's next three novels, O Pioneers!, The Song of the Lark, and My Ántonia, all of which depict the American Dream in a more positive light. It is as if, after exploring what was not fulfilling in the American Dream, Cather, unwilling to reject it totally, manages a swing toward optimism. In these novels, she seems to seek out ways in which success might be fulfilling. Her protagonists all achieve some version of the...

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