Select two characters in Cather’s O Pioneers!
and discuss their views of the land. If indeed it functions as “an image in the mind,” what values and meanings does it represent to these two characters?
In his response to Query XIX in Notes on the State of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson makes a case for agrarianism on cultural grounds. For Jefferson, as Leo Marx tells us in The Machine in the Garden (1964), agriculture is not so much an economic as a moral pursuit: “the physical attributes of the land are less important than its metaphoric powers. What matters most is its “function as a landscape” ..an image in the mind that represents aesthetic, moral, political, and even religious values” (Marx 127-28).
Please do not use outside sources for ideas, as the paper must be original.