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  • Henry James Ten Years
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    The Beast in the Jungle is a vivid tale of two friends lives intertwined and lost through their own beliefs composed by Henry James. The story is through the perspective of the main character, John Marcher, who believes his life is destined towards an unknown disaster. Through curiosity that turned to love, May Batram, stays by her friend, John Marchers side through the duration of his wasted life as they both watched and waited for the imaginary disaster to occur. The disaster was the reason fo...
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  • Late Nineteenth Century Twentieth Century
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    During the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, a period known as the Gilded Age, every man had the potential to become wealthy, to advance into the esteemed social class of the well- to-do. While this may have been perceived as true by the wealthy, it was little more than a concept of idealism. In reality, while the rich may have worn diamonds, [most] wore rags. New immigrants and rural Americans flooded into urban areas searching for opportunity. They were welcomed by long work...
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  • Daisy Miller Death Be Not Proud Innocence Misconstrued
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    In 1878, Henry James wrote, Daisy Miller, a novella about a young American girl and her travels in Europe. Daisy Miller is a complex short story with many underlying themes such as appearance versus reality, knowledge versus innocence, outward action versus inward meditation, and Nature versus urbanity. In this short story, one is left to judge whether Daisy Miller, the main character of the story, is a pretty American flirt or a misunderstood, modern young woman. By probing into the complexitie...
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  • Thought And Action Bi Polar
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    ... the philosopher Paul Feyerbands did. He became paralyzed and had to finish his autobiography from an unfortunate bed-ridden state. Other writers become paralysed with the thought of using the first person: a serious dilemma for an autobiographer. I, too, was reticent to use the first person for the first two decades as I toyed initially with this autobiography. But eventually I found a voice, a voice I was comfortable with. I also found a format that attempted to create what I think is a hap...
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  • Kate Chopin Silk Stockings
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    In his Essay "The Art of Fiction" Henry James speaks through his character Walter Bessant about twelve points dealing with how fiction is an art. Three of these points which I found to be important were how fiction can be portrayed as a form of art but he explains also that fiction has no set form in which a book can be written. He views fiction as being more artistic than paintings and he also believes that fiction is not to be judged by morality like a painting might be. Henry James states "A ...
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  • Femme Fatale Rita Hayworth
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    Presentations of female sexuality Sociologist Charles Henry Horton quoted, The more developed sexual passion is very largely an emotion of power, domination, or appropriation commenting on female and male sexuality. The feminine sexuality has always been a topic of intrigue in society and has been concealed through various channels. Writers, artists, poets all commented on the level of feminine sensuality in their works, all using metaphors and simile underlying these themes. The 1949 award winn...
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  • William James As Most Influential In Psychology
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    William James as Most Influential in Psychology This essay is dedicated to famous psychologist and philosopher William James and his contribution in science. I wanted to start this paper from the short biographical introduction because it helps me to understand better his ideas and the way of thinking. Lifestyle in many ways explains the ones ideas and thoughts. William James was born in New York in 1842. His father was a philosopher Henry James, Sr. and novelist Henry James was his brother. Wil...
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  • Daisy Miller Henry James
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    Daisy Miller by Henry James Brief Biography of Henry James Henry James was born in New York in 1843. His parents were Henry James Sr. and Mary James. Henry James had three brothers and one sister. Henry James? ancestor, William James, was an 18 year old Irishman who arrived in America in 1789. According to family legend, the ancestor arrived with a very small sum of money and later gained a small fortune through the establishment of a store in New York. Later, he ventured into banking and the ma...
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  • Turn Of The Screw Point Of View
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    A Freudian Turn of the Screw There is one question about The Turn of the Screw that has never and probably will never be answered to everyones total satisfaction. Is it a ghost story or is it a psychiatric case history? The story which for years was presumed by most to just be a mere ghost story has in later years, after being studied much more deeply has proven itself to some that it is a psychological thriller and an overall thought provoking topic. There are three major areas in which the sto...
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  • Society And Culture Henry James
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    Post-Civil War American Literature saw a transition from the prominence of romance to the development of realism. In the late 1800 s, the United States was experiencing swift growth and change as a result of a changing economy, society, and culture because of an influx in the number of immigrants into America. (Spiller 35) Whereas authors previously sought to idealize human beings, fall in love with a dream, and then, reject the real man or woman who had inspired the dream, they now worked to ac...
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  • Portrait Of A Lady House Of Mirth
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    Henry James, book report Henry James The Portrait of a Lady and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth examine the societal constraints of their female protagonists, and the limited possibilities open to them in the midst of wealthy society. Isabel Archer and Lily Bart are victims of a rigid society in which the independent lifestyle they desire is only acceptable for women who are either unmarriageable or exceedingly wealthy. Despite this commonality, the two characters differ greatly in terms of t...
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  • Wrote The American Henry James London
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    Son Henry James Asesyan 1 Son of the religious philosopher henry James, Sr. , and brother of the psychologist and philosopher William, Henry James was born in New York City, April 15, 1843. His early life was spent in America; on and off he was taken to Europe, especially during the impressionable years from twelve to seventeen. After that he lived in Newport, went briefly to Harvard, and, in 1864, began to contribute both criticism and tales to the magazine. In 1869, and then in 1872 - 74, he p...
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  • Portrait Of A Lady Daisy Miller
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    Henry James writings, particularly The Portrait of a Lady I read this book out of interest for another Henry James piece, liking Daisy Miller so much. I found that this book, as in Daisy Miller, has a female point of interest throughout. Isabel Archer is a young American girl brought to Europe after her father has died in America. Isabel is an independent girl, easily noticed by many others in her circle. I felt that Isabel was a woman in her time, in that she took notice of things that she woul...
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  • Jack London Literary Criticism
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    Jack London was a man of adventure, a man of action and only he could have truly conceived such a dynamic and challenging credo as this. And only he, with his great physical strength, his intense intellect, and his turbulent spirit, could have successfully lived up to it. Helped when he was only forty, but he accomplished more in this short lifetime than most men could in several lifetimes. The many experiences and occupations London pursued in his early youth as oyster pirate, sailor, tramp, pr...
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  • Portrait Of A Lady Daisy Miller
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    Henry James: Master Portrayer of the American Character Thesis: Henry James is considered by most critics the originator of the international theme and a masterful portrayer of the American character. Henry James developed a skill of foreign languages and an awareness of Europe rare among Americans in his time. Constantly moving between different parts of Europe and the U. S. had a major effect on James and his novels: it became the major theme of his fiction and an attraction throughout his lif...
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  • Jekyll And Mr Strange Case Of Dr
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    The Gothic theory of the double is both reductive and powerful. It assumes that we are all playing a role in life; that a raving beast waits within for the chains to loosen or snap. Doubles stories seem to proliferate when people sense an unnegotiable divide between the true self and society, between nature and culture. (Edmunson 48) Such duality of roles is expressed in terms of split personalities in both The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James (1843 - 1916) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll a...
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  • J Alfred Prufrock T S Eliot
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    J. Hillis Miller Prufrock's paralysis follows naturally from this subjectivizing of everything. If each consciousness is an opaque sphere, then Prufrock has no hope of being understood by others. " No experience, " says Bradley in a phrase Eliot quotes, " can lie open to inspection from outside" (KE, 203). Prufrock's vision is incommunicable, and whatever he says to the lady will be answered by, " That is not what I meant at all. /That is not it, at all" (CP, 6). Th...
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  • Late Nineteenth Century Portrait Of A Lady
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    It is an unquestionable fact of life that human nature is flawed. Human beings have a variety of weaknesses that may differ from one person to the next. How one deals with this ultimately determines whether it will or will not destroy the person. The faults that humans possess stem from an open field of possibilities that they are able to choose from as they build their own character. However, as much as individual free will is desirable, as all other parts of the natural world, it can include n...
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  • Late Nineteenth Century F Scott Fitzgerald
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    Realism and Naturalism in 20 th Century American Fiction American people and the authors among them were left disillusioned by the effects that World War I had on their society. America needed a literature that would explain what had happened and what was happening to their society. American writers turned to what is now known as modernism. The influence of 19 th Century realism and naturalism and their truthful representation of American life and people was evident in post World War I modernism...
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  • Robert Louis Stevenson Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism
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    Robert Louis Stevenson began writing during the Victorian era. His style was unlike anyone else s and his stories are still popular today. Robert Louis Stevenson was an author of many classic novels and his literary success became popular when he wrote the mystery called The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 1886 at the young age of thirty-six. He was born on November 13, 1850 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His father Th...
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