Henry James and the Writer's Imprint
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The paper examines Henry James' statement that "A novel is in its broadest definition a personal, a direct impression of life." The paper explains that James is saying that the story acts as a medium much like clay, where the writer takes his or her experiences from life and imprints them for the reader to discover. The paper goes on to analyze how in his two works, the short stories "The Beast in the Jungle" and "The Real Thing", James leaves an imprint of his interpretation of life, and briefly allows the reader to perceive life through his eyes.
From the Paper:""The Beast in the Jungle" was written when James was sixty and focuses on the connection between the dying woman May Bartram and her companion John Marcher, and the anguish which claims Marcher when Bartram is lost and he has likewise lost his chance to be with her. The story opens with an affair conducted between the two near-strangers, and continues with the aging of both and the platonic courtship which draws them closer together yet never allows either to speak plainly. The main theme throughout their conversations is the presence of a mysterious "beast" in Marcher's life, an event which he is convinced he is destined to have sometime before his death. Marcher is not sure what the final outcome of this great event will be but he is sure that it will happen, and he lives in a perpetual state of awareness while he waits for it."
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