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?
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Similar example:
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).

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