Study Guide

Peter and Pavel in My Ántonia

By Willa Cather

Peter and Pavel

Peter and Pavel are the two Russian farmers who live close to Jim and Ántonia. They are important characters in that they provide another view of the immigrant life. These two men came to America after a rather unfortunate wedding incident in which they, in order to save themselves, threw both the bride and the groom to a pack of hungry wolves. This ceaseless determination to survive, against all forms of suffering, is one of the hallmarks of the immigrants in this novel.