“O, Pioneers”, by Willa Cather, is a story about an immigrant, family’s struggle of living in a rural area while trying to make ends meet. The story mainly focuses on the daughter of the family, Alexandra. Throughout the novel, readers get a glimpse into the hardships and victories of Alexandra and her family and also the social and cultural life of rural areas. During the time when this novel was written, 1913, workers and immigrants in rural areas had it much different than today. Workers of that day roughly had any type of technology or machinery to help them with crops or the land. They were also most likely required to work from sun up to sun down with very little breaks in between. Not to say that these type of workers have it easy today, but modern America is technologically advanced and has very adequate machinery. Also, it is very likely that employees may be hired to do the work for the land owners instead of themselves. During Cather’s time, this was a possibility, but only if a person was wealthy. No matter what age of time, it takes a very hard-working, determined person to be able to work in these types of conditions. Social life during this time was mainly centered on religion and social status. Religion was a huge part of society for people during this time and it wasn’t questioned, it was just what had always been done. Social status was also a very prominent thing. There was a fine line between each class of society and people knew to stay in their own group. Today, religion isn’t the main focus of America anymore. Faith and religion have been questioned and distorted by worldly views as time has gone on. As for social class, that is still something commonly looked at today, it is just not as severe and harsh as it was back then. Another similarity would be that both time periods have tremendous examples of women stepping up and becoming leaders. Since Alexandra was the oldest child when her father died, she was left in charge over the land and her brothers, Lou and Oscar. It is common today to see women being the leaders of homes and major job corporations. Prior to reading this book, I did not have very much knowledge of the immigrants and the Great Plains. However, I was able to make some connections with things in the book and things from class. During the 1880’s and 1890’s farmers were struggling with trying to make ends meet due to debt. Farmers had faced many difficulties with drought, failed crops, and an oversupply of goods. Just like the farmers faced these kinds of problems, Alexandra and her family were facing the same ones. Also the text describes immigrants as coming to America, trying to fit in, but still wanting to keep their traditions. Alexandra’s mother is a great example of this when she said she would never live in a sod house. Like previously stated, Alexandra’s father, John, dies of an illness in the beginning of the story and leaves Alexandra in charge. Alexandra’s brothers desperately want to give up the land but she refuses. She knows that to be able to thrive in the world, getting rid of their land is the last thing they should want to do. Instead, she goes out and gathers information from other immigrants and farmers and decides to buy more land. It was not commonly known for women to be the head of households and land owners during this time, but Alexandra definitely broke this stereotype. I don’t think however that Alexandra remained in thrall to any of these stereotypes. She was still the nurturing care taker of the family. She practically raised her younger brother, Emil. Also, Alexandra still always respected her brothers and never acted “above” them,…
Charles Lindbergh is an exceptional and very successful fellow, in the world of Aero-space. He also to overcome some very horrific events in his personal life.
Charles Lindbergh was born in Detroit. He is aeronautically famous for flying solo across the Atlantic ocean, he took off on the Spirit Of St. Louis and landed in Europe on May 20th, 1927. In 1919 Raymond Orteig wanted to give 25,000 dollars to the first pilot to fly nonstop…
Othello and O.
Othello is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare, set in Venice and portrays love, jealousy, and betrayal. O. is a modern day set movie at a prep school about a basketball team and follows the main storyline of Othello. The main characters of the book have similar names to the ones in the movie.
In the book Othello, the main character Othello is a black man who is a leader in the army and is known for his skills in battle. Othello is discriminated for his skin color and his…
PORTRAIT OF A PIONEER IN CANADIAN SOCIAL WELFARE
Pierre elliot Trudeau
1919 – 2000
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was born October 18th, 1919 in Montreal, Quebec and died September 28th, 2000 from Parkinson's Disease and prostate cancer. (Simpson, 1998)
He is best known for establishing The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In 1969, Trudeau also brought in the Official Languages Act, making Canada bilingual. While he played an important role in defeating the Quebec sovereignist movement…
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A Presidential Pioneer
George Washington was a leader in the Continental Army in the American Revolution and the first American to become president of the United States. Washington entered office with support of the national and state leadership, and established the executive and judicial branches of the Federal Government of the United States. Washington’s leadership arguably portrayed him to be a great rhetor. George Washington was loyal, and had…
P+O Ferries is a ferry company that uses the sea to take people from one country to another. You can travel by ferry across the sea and they can take you on short or long distances and are used all over the world. they take outbound and domestic tourists to the place they would like to visit.
P+O Ferries employ the UK citizens and therefore help our economy by keeping money within this country. They help us spend our wages we earn from our jobs by providing their services along with…
Living Life as a Pioneer Woman on the Oregon Trail
Life has been tough for me lately as my husband Thomas, I and our two girls made our way down what is now called The Oregon Trail. There are other settlers such as us, all looking for new territory in the New World keeping our faith for the new opportunities that await us. We recently learned of Lewis and Clark, and their pioneer journey. It is said they learned of a new way through America to get to new land in the Pacific Northwest. This entails…
Upon entering the O*NET site, one can clearly see the user friendly layout. The entire point of the site is to aid its users to find jobs in whatever field they are looking for. And in order to further ease the process, O*NET has broken down potential searches into seven categories: Bright Outlook, Career Cluster, Green Economy Sector, Industry, Job Family, Job Zone, and Stem Discipline. The Bright Outlook search focuses on jobs that have…
homeland, which entitled his nearest and dearest, but also took along some that were too close with him. Which is what you usually do with travel. Whenever you go somewhere you take your family of your close friends. Related to our modern day thinking, O brought along a very strong willed group of warriors that would later help him through on his journey. Though through the prophesy, no man came back with him, the man that did return came back a very changed man. He would arrive and then be turned into…
convinced that those fully empowered
employees appear to be more productive, responsible and cooperative, reflecting
highly autonomic characteristics. However, is employee empowerment completely
proven effective and significant in the workplace like what pioneers discovered above?
It may be true that a few decades ago, when empowerment cut a splendid figure and
became popular in the workplace, managers would generally accept and adopted this
novel management approach, but as the situation changed over decades…
when necessary and meshed better with her male counterparts, all of which would have made her much more successful in her once in a lifetime opportunity (Green, 2011)
Green, S. (2011). The would-be pioneer. Harvard Business Review. 89(4), 124-126.…