My

Antonia
Most people find it very hard to pull up roots in their native land and move to
a strange country. Throughout history, countless millions of people have done
so. People forsake their homeland and move to another country for various
reasons. Some people emigrate to avoid starvation. Some seek adventure. Others
wish to escape unbearable family situations. Still others desire to be reunited
with loved ones. However, the main reason for immigration has long been economic
opportunity--the lure of better land or a better job. Yet, some people can\'t
conform to the American way of life. Like replanting a flower\'s roots,
completely moving a person so attached to their homeland and customs, can prove
to be fatal. In the book, "My Ántonia," the Shimerdas seemed to be
very religious. For example, on Christmas evening, "When the candle ends
sent up their conical yellow flames, all the colored figures from Austria stood
out clear and full of meaning against the green boughs. Mr. Shimerda rose,
crossed himself, and quietly knelt down before the tree......" History
shows that the Bohemian people were constantly revolting for their freedom. This
was probably one of the reasons for the religious Shimerdas move to America, to
get away from those many "hard times." "All the time she say:

\'America big country; much money, much land for my boys, much husband for my
girls...my mama, she want Ambrosch for be rich, with many cattle." This
must have been the main factor for the move from their "kawn-tree."

Unfortunately, not all the Shimerdas were excited by the move. "My papa sad
for the old country. He not look good. He never make music anymore...He don\'t
like this kawn-tree...My papa, he cry for leave his old friends what make music
with him." These quotations were the warning signs of what happened next.
"Why, mam, it was simple enough; he pulled the trigger with his big toe. He
layed over on his side and put the end of the barrel in his mouth, then he drew
up one foot and felt for the trigger. He found it all right!" Mr. Shimerda
was so depressed about losing everything and anything that was familiar to him
that he felt there was no use in living. Jim thought, "I knew it was
homesickness that had killed Mr. Shimerda, and I wondered whether his released
spirit would not eventually find its way back to his own country." A person
considering suicide exhibits certain warning signs. People may express a feeling
of hopelessness, a loss of interest in living, or a wish to die. I suspect Mr.

Shimerda felt all those things. He felt hopelessness, in that he would never
feel at home in this strange country. Because of that, he lost the interest and
the purpose for living. These reasons ultimately gave him the wish to die. As

Jim thought, homesickness finally killed that poor depressed man. Perhaps, if

Jim was right, Mr. Shimerda\'s soul lingers over his homeland. Perhaps a
comprehensive move doesn\'t suit every immigrant. Why Did He Kill Himself? By:

Kristinae Toomians Most people find it very hard to pull up roots in their
native land and move to a strange country. Throughout history, countless
millions of people have done so. People forsake their homeland and move to
another country for various reasons. Some people emigrate to avoid starvation.

Some seek adventure. Others wish to escape unbearable family situations. Still
others desire to be reunited with loved ones. However, the main reason for
immigration has long been economic opportunity--the lure of better land or a
better job. Yet, some people can\'t conform to the American way of life. Like
replanting a flower\'s roots, completely moving a person so attached to their
homeland and customs, can prove to be fatal. In the book, "My Ántonia,"
the Shimerdas seemed to be very religious. For example, on Christmas evening,
"When the candle ends sent up their conical yellow flames, all the colored
figures from Austria stood out clear and full of meaning against the green
boughs. Mr. Shimerda rose, crossed himself, and quietly knelt down before the
tree......" History shows that the Bohemian people were constantly
revolting for their freedom. This was probably one of the reasons for the
religious Shimerdas move to America, to get away from those many "hard
times." "All the time she say: \'America big country; much money, much
land for my boys, much husband for my girls...my mama, she want Ambrosch for be
rich, with many cattle." This must have been the main factor for the move
from their "kawn-tree." Unfortunately, not all the Shimerdas were
excited