The Song of the Lark Book Summary and Study Guide

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Song of The Lark is about Thea Kronborg who, as the books opens, is a young girl who is a talented pianist. As the book continues, it is realized that she is an even more talented singer. The story is about her rise as an opera singer, and the relationships she has with people who have some to little impact on her including her family.
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Best part of story, including ending: I liked the story a lot. I liked how Willa Cather wrote about a young girl with a singular ambition, and the drive and energy to achieve it. Also, Cather deals with the issue of being not only different, but special and what that really mean in a down to earth kind of way.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is when a young man realizes that he is not right for Thea, and that she is special. He is amazed, grateful to have met her, and moved by the realization. It is kind of the admiration you feel, maybe love for a celebrity.

Opinion about the main character: I liked Thea Kronborg for the most part. She is hard working, driven, strong, and takes advantage of every opportunity given to her.

The review of this Book prepared by Avis Yarbrough a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

The Song of the Lark describes the development of an artist from childhood to success. In Moonstone, Colorado lives Thea Kronborg, a girl of such promise that the light of her future touches everyone around her. To nurture this quality, Thea's mother enrolls her in piano lessons, and eventually a teacher discovers that her true talent lies in her voice. Although Mrs. Kronborg is the first to support her determined child, throughout Thea's life it is the men who admire her that pave the road to her success. Mingled with the action of the plot are descriptions of Colorado and New Mexico, and commentary on late 19th century frontier society.

The review of this Book prepared by Maureen Smith

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   singer Struggle over    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   musician Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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