Henry James' "In the Cage"
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The paper focuses on the relationships between the young woman and Mr. Mudge, Captain Everard and Mrs. Jordan in Henry James' "In the Cage". The paper highlights how these relationships show us the interconnected and often adversarial relationship between imagination and rage. The paper points out James' argument that the world of fantasy and imagination belongs fundamentally to the rich, while the world of fear and melancholy belongs fundamentally to the poor. The paper further show how James shows that technology complicates, yet can never truly transcends, the boundaries between the rich and the poor.
From the Paper:"Most of the movement and meaning in Henry James' In the Cage depends upon the establishment of binaries. Even a superficial reading of the text reveals distinctions between the inside and outside of the cage; between James' lengthy, punctuated prose and the curtness of the telegrams; and between the lower and upper classes. Much is at stake also in the doublings of the young protagonist, at different points in time, with nearly every other principal character in the novella. The doublings of the young woman with Mr. Mudge, Captain Everard, and Mrs. Jordan highlight the interconnected and often adversarial relationship between imagination and rage and ultimately show how technology complicates--yet can never truly transcend--the boundaries between the rich and the poor."
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