Images of New York Analytical Essay by Botchan

Images of New York
Provides a complete study of the literary images of New York used by Henry James in his travelogue "The American Scene".
# 45236 | 13,000 words | 20 sources | MLA | 2003 | GB
Published on Sep 29, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper takes a systematic approach to studying the images of New York in "The American Scene". First, it identifies where New York is mentioned (be it directly or indirectly). Where space permits, the relevant passage are cited. Second, the passages are explained. The explanation of the passages includes archaic words and complex sentence patterns. James was quite notorious in his time (and now too) for his complex written style, particularly his long sentences which contain many clauses. Third, and by far most importantly, the passages are analyzed. Close attention is paid to analyzing the passages in a purely literary sense; for example, by looking at literary devices employed by James. The conclusion reflects upon the preceding three chapters. It details some of the issues that were significant in the process of the research of the paper. Finally, it offers some comments and recommendations for further study of Henry James? images of New York.

Chapter 1 Morality, Manners and the Human Spirit
Chapter 2 Masculinity, Femininity and Culture
Chapter 3 Voices in the Air
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From the Paper:

"What the metaphors in the preceding two quotations have in common is the way they figure the relationship of the part to the whole. In each metaphor the individual part is clearly defined as distinct from and yet identical to a complex whole. An example of this synecdoche is the way in which James criticizes New York architecture as a way of criticizing American culture in general. For synecdoche to work as a trope one must have a sense of the overall larger picture. In New York this was often missing because of the rapid change and obsession with progress, leading to an overall loss of meaning to life and an empty part to the human spirit. The Jews escape these forms of fragmentation because as individuals they have not lost their sense of relation to the larger picture."

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