"The Portrait Of A Lady" and "The American" Comparison Essay by Brandi Woods

"The Portrait Of A Lady" and "The American"
A discussion of the similarities between "The Portrait Of A Lady" and The American" by Henry James.
# 22706 | 1,908 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Jan 12, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Comparison)

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This paper explores several important and distinctive similarities between "Portrait of a Lady," and "The American" both written by Henry James and shows how both stories possess aspects, which are very similar to James' own life. It focuses mainly on the similarities between the two stories in four aspects, how both stories were set in the same time period, the idea of the individual versus society, the collision of the New World and Europe and the idea of the two main characters, Christopher Newman and Isabel Archer as two fish out of water.

From the Paper:

"Both stories were set in the nineteenth century aristocratic period circa 1860s (sparknotes.com). This was the period of time in, which a feeling of obligation to society was prevalent and a period in which shared beliefs were more important than personal opinion (sparknotes.com). Public life mattered more than one's private life in that people cared very much about their social reputations, in many cases more so than they care about their personal whims or desires. These were times in, which social etiquette, one's station in life and one's social reputation held definitive value."

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