Henry James Essays

  • The Pupil Henry James Analysis

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    expected for society, he is presented as weak and inferior. In the passage from “The Pupil” Henry James uses an ironic tone, and a third person limited point of view in order to present the complexities in the relationships among the three characters to set a hierarchy among the characters. James establishes a tense tone as the young man is afraid of Mrs. Moreen and what could potentially happen in his future job. James uses words like “hesitated”, “timid”, and “nervousness” to describe the young man as

  • Use Of Ambiguity In Henry James The Turn Of The Screw

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    uncertainty to the reader, which can be just as horrific as gore and violence. One author whom is well known for his use of ambiguity is Henry James, who used it to create chaos in the minds of his readers. Some of his uses can completely change the outcome of his novels, most notably in The Turn of the Screw, allowing the reader to decide the fates of each character. Henry James uses ambiguity through tone and diction to provide the reader with a more confusing and, in turn, more horrific story. The Turn

  • What Are The Ghosts In Henry James The Turn Of The Screw

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    Argumentative Essay In Henry James’ novella, The Turn of the Screw, an ambiguous ghost story is told by a man named Douglas. The story was given to Douglas on a manuscript by the woman who wrote and lived it many years before. The governess and narrator of the ghost story was hired to work at a country home named Bly to care for two children. Everything is going well for the governess at her new job until she begins to see apparitions. Many argue that the governess has gone insane and hallucinates

  • Essay On The Governess In Henry James The Turn Of The Screw

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    In Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, many people agree that the Governess is an unreliable narrator, because of her actions, her tendency to jump to conclusions, a possible mental illness in the family, and the fact that everything that goes on in the story is just so strange. There are many things that may be intentionally left out by the Governess, such as sexual abuse of the children, because she is an unreliable narrator who hallucinates ghosts. The Governess is not mentally stable, making

  • Brydon's Life In Henry James The Jolly Corner

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    Henry James was a very famous author in the early 1900s and one of his famous stories is called "The Jolly Corner." The story is about a man named Spencer Brydon who returns to New York after being in England for a long time. The story is actually based off of Henry James's life and how he returned to America after many years. Brydon returns to his old house and another house that he owned. He had inherited both houses while he was away. He starts to think about the life he left behind and the life

  • The Governess's Insanity In Henry James Turn Of The Screw

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    The governess’s sanity in Henry James’s Turn of the Screw is often disputed over in literature. Because the governess sees ghosts in the novel, she is often argued as insane. The definition of sanity proves otherwise, stating that it is the “state of being sound of mind or having appropriate judgment skills” (Psychology Dictionary). The governess is sane because she behaves rationally, protects the children above all costs, and is not the only character witnessing a supernatural presence. The governess

  • Is The Governess Insane In Henry James The Turn Of The Screw

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    Is the Governess Insane or Is She Being Tricked? Henry James created a number of famous stories during his time “The Turn of the Screw” being one of his most iconic ones. James is a very iconic writer for his day and even till this day with the structure of his writing. This short story has been read over, for more than 100 years and will continue to be read. Throughout this story’s time frame, there has been a lot of controversy over certain characters in the story and what is there position

  • The Governess In Henry James The Turn Of The Screw

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    Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw presents a governess as the central character.  For years, literary critics have argued over the sanity of the protagonist.  While some believe that the governess is sane, having the ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner, others believe that she is insane, in a state of being seriously mentally ill.   Ultimately however, the governess is sane because she does her best to protect the children, because she is not the only witness, and because

  • Henry James 'The Pupil'

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    Differences among social classes are apparent in every single society; such distinctions were especially visible in the British Isles during the late nineteenth century, the setting of Henry James’s 1891 short story “The Pupil”. James portrays an employer-employee and an employee-client relationship of scorn with its roots in socioeconomic inequality by using devices such as point of view and diction. The narration’s focus on Pemberton’s point of view highlights the class disparity between the characters

  • The Turn Of The Screw Ambiguity Analysis

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    think, the help of Henry James. The horror in the book keeps the reader on the edge of their seat wondering what will happen next, which is why I liked it. Filled with this curiosity ambiguity is used so the reader has to make their own conclusion of the book. In The Turn of the Screw, Henry James uses ambiguity in his book so the reader can arrive at what they want to believe in but at the same time question what they think. In The Turn of the Screw some cases the author, Henry James, tries to lead

  • Henry James Research Paper

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    I. Henry James was born in New York on April 15 1843, into what was to become one of the top intellectually influential families in America. The second son of five children born to Henry James, a theologian, and Mary Robertson James, and he was the younger brother of William James (born 1842), who later grew to become a famous psychologist and philosopher. Henry James made his first of many visits to Europe in the years 1843 and 1845. Then from the year 1845 to 1855, the James family lived in Albany

  • Summary Of Henry James's The Turn Of The Screw

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    In The Turn of the Screw Henry James writes a captivating story about a governess, housekeeper, brother, sister, and the two ghosts that haunt them. In the novella the governess joins the housekeeper, Mrs. Grose, at Bly in order to help take care of the children, Flora and Miles, because their parents are deceased. The story is kept very ambiguous and left up to the reader to come to an assumption about the events that occur. It is told around a campfire by means of the governess’ own account of

  • The Turn Of The Screw Analysis Essay

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    Psychoanalytic criticisms are unique in the way that it is like analyzing the plot and characters of the story the same way a therapist would their patients. Picking apart certain ideas that make people wonder or the things that drive them to find the truth. James gives us an abundance of suggestions at parts of his story that are open to investigation. Throughout the reading, there are opportunities where the reader is able to inspect and examine the ideas presented and find their own meaning. In the story

  • Light And Dark Symbolism In Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter

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    Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter (1850), is a worthy allegorical novel in which a young woman commits the sin of adultery with a local pastor and gets pregnant, once the townspeople realize they punish her by forcing her to use the symbol of adultery. Light and dark symbolisms can be reduced easily to white and black, hence to good and bad. For Hawthorne, the interplay between white and black, or light and dark does not serve a mere imagery purpose or a descriptive one. They are entrenched

  • Henry James The Funeral Diction

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    In “The Funeral,” author Henry James evinces the narrator’s inflated sense of self through a lampoon of the lower class—primarily via tones of irreverent degradation and supercilious condescension. Amidst the impoverished masses, the speaker finds himself intrigued by their dejected existence and paltry attempt to mourn the death of Mr. George Odger, a humble shoemaker. [add another sentence] Riddled with insouciance, haughtiness, and patronization, the author’s diction divulges the pompous outlook

  • Henry Sims Vs James Douglass

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    characters stand out. Those characters are Henry Sims, a slave, a fugitive, and James Douglass, an ordinary young man living on a farm. When taking a closer look, these two young men have some similarities, but somewhat different. Henry Sims, born Joseph lived on a plantation in Fairhope, Virginia. He anticipated having his freedom from his master James Stephens. Then there is James Douglass; he lived with his mother, father, and two brothers (Duncan and Robert). James despised the farm he also wants his

  • Fire Symbolism In Jane Eyre

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    Charlotte Brontё interprets fire in Jane Eyre to symbolize the passion being ignited but not claimed. Brontё demonstrates how the Victorian Era consisted of denying any hints of passion to assert a put-together, well suited lifestyle. Victorian women follow conformities to blend in with the social class terms rather than follow the passionate beliefs casted away. Men in the Victorian Era must defend the title of ownership and power labeled under their names by expressing themselves with superiority

  • Compare The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner And Frankenstein

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    The Mariner, Frankenstein and the Bible “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and Frankenstein both contain significant biblical concepts that went against the thinking of their time. In the age of Romanticism and Realism, Samuel Coleridge swam against the popular current and wrote of the supernatural. In doing so he inspired counter cultural writers like Mary Shelley to do the same with their literary works. Coleridge and Shelley both share a similar theme when it comes to the abstract aspect of their

  • A Dream In Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle

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    The story of Rip Van Winkle, a tale written by Washington Irving, can be considered the first form of American fiction. The author chose this genre as an attempt to attract the reader, presenting an important historic event— the American Revolution— in a way that would be both realistic and didactic to the average American reader. This tale, as told by the author in the introduction, appears to have been found among the belongings of a Dutch historian, Diedrich Knickerbocker. Due to the lack of books

  • Time In Ernest Hemingway's Hills Like White Elephants

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    On Hemingway’s Time We can never free ourselves from the bondages of time, but the decisions we make along the way, can change our lives and the lives of others, forever. In Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants”, an American man and a young woman must face the challenge of having to make a life altering decision, in a limited amount of time. Hemingway uses a very short timeline to tell his story, he makes time relevant in the story’s setting, and also in his written