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    Kate Chopin is considered one of the first feminist writers of the twentieth century; she used literary realism for addressing issues of race, gender, colonialism, slavery, etc. We see her feminist approach in her portraying of women’s realities in the south and how their lack of independence and freedom affect their lives. In the other hand, Henry James is also realist in style, but he depicts reality from an objective impartial position, his personages are portrayed as a mirror. In his novel Daisy Miller, women do not share the same perspective about the world; there is a conflict between traditional and modern viewpoints. The main protagonist of Henry James’ Daisy Miller totally opposed the women portrayed in Kate Chopin’s short stories.…

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    In Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw, the reader is pulled in two directions as he or she must decide for himself or herself if the ghosts are simply projections of the governess’ unconscious or if they are truly haunting both Miles and Flora. These two differing viewpoints are a direct result of James’ use of ambiguity of the text. James’ story then changes from a simple ghost story about a governess, two ghosts, and two children to a story filled with ambiguity and questions, which contribute…

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    The work Daisy Miller, by Henry James contains many key words that stand out to a reader. Many of these words repeated through out the text, and their meanings can change as a reader continues to read. Some of these words appear as many as 51 times like “American”, or “society” which only appears 12 times. When put together, these key words tend to show the reader what the story or work is truly about. One word that appears more than any other is “young”, which appears 138 times in the text. The…

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    Patrick Henry and James Madison played two key roles in the development of the Constitution. These two men had different views on how America should be governed. Patrick Henry who was against the new Constitution and sided with the Anti-Federalists. James Madison was the architect of the Constitution and felt a powerful government was needed in order for the colonies to not fall apart. After the Revolutionary War the colonies needed some help with the low imports from Britain since they were cut…

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    Literary Techniques and the Horror of The Turn of the Screw One purpose of Henry James’ gothic novella The Turn of the Screw is to instill fear in the reader. There are several features of this work that make the story horror inducing; first, James’ deals with the idea of the corruption of innocence of children. In the story’s opening chapter, the observation is made that the corruption of a child in a ghost story “adds a particular touch” (James 115). Fear is also associated with the…

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    When can you know when a person can be trusted? In the Turn Of The Screw written by Henry James, the narrator otherwise known as the governess tells the story. But how reliable is the information she is giving us? Can she be trusted or is the information that she is giving the reader a lack of evidence. Although the narrator of this novel is not introduced formally. The person who is telling this story is the governess. Who also is in charge of taking care of two kids named Flora and Miles. The…

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    Moreen’s relationship with Morgan is not common for a mother and her son. She treats him like a mere object and considers him to be worthless as he “fetch[es] her fan”. Readers can also infer that Mrs. Moreen speaks harshly of him because Pemberton is able to note that a “boy of eleven shouldn’t catch” the things she says. Nevertheless, she still has the caring heart of a parent and the reader can assume that she chose Pemberton because he was the most intelligent and wants the finest tutor for…

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    For anyone who writes, there is always a question of whether or not the end product is any good. In “From The Art of Fiction,” American writer Henry James implies that the secret to good writing is to infuse it with experience, whether vast or limited, authentic or cultivated through imagination. James reiterates that the writer’s process of gaining inspirational experience is never complete. Furthermore, he affirms that genius lies within the writer’s ability to openly collect experiences,…

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    Independent thought is described as the ability to make one’s own decisions, to decide on one’s own choices, and to complete one’s own desires. Often in the modern world, the ability is taken for granted, with many people exercising it every moment of the day. However, for people living in the 1800’s, individual experience does not exist for everyone, especially for women and children. Many authors attempt to tackle the lack of independent society, with none being greater than Emily Dickinson,…

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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. Sanity, the condition of having a healthy mind, versus insanity is a major theme that James addresses throughout the novel. Ultimately however, the governess is sane because she possesses the qualities of courage, self-confidence, and intuition. The governess’ quality of courage displays how she is sane because she is able to do…

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