Portrait Of A Lady Essay

563 words - 2 pages

Portrait of a Lady Isabel Archer doesn't go away with Casper Goodwood because it would mean giving up what she values most, her freedom and independence. The very first time we meet Isabel she tells Ralph that "I'm very fond of my liberty" (p. 30) and that she is "not a candidate for adoption" (p. 29). Both of these statements clearly show early on that she is not looking to be tied down at all. She wants to be free to experience all that life has to offer for her. Because of that, she turns down the proposal of Lord Warburton, although he had much to offer. James says, "The idea of a diminished liberty was particularly disagreeable to her at present, since she had just given a sort of personal accent to her independence by looking so straight at Lord Warburton's big bribe and yet turning away from it" (p. 104). She goes on to show her independence when she speaking with Casper Goodwood by saying, "it's no kindness to a woman to press her so hard, to urge her against her will" (p. 137). Isabel came to Europe because she wanted to experience life and the freedom that eluded her in America.At the beginning of the novel, Isabel was very young morally. She had left everything she had known, and was ready to start anew. Throughout the novel, her morality grew, changed, and became more stable. Where at the beginning she refused two proposals of marriage, without giving any indication to wanting a third, she ends up accepting a proposal from Osmond. Goodwood's offer to Isabel came at an early stage of her moral...

Find Another Essay On Portrait of a Lady

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

1236 words - 5 pages period is interesting to me and what is proper of a lady. That is a large piece of the world I do not understand. I am very much happy to see a woman and a man as equals. Of course there are things in society that women don’t do, or just aren’t a part of, but I am not one to be against that. What’s else interesting in the reading of ‘The Portrait of a Lady’ is that Isabel fell to something she would have been totally against if she had known the

Portrait of a Lady Essay

2296 words - 9 pages pleased to make Jane's acquaintance, the archaic greeting delivered with a demurely lowered head.'Come in', Jane continued brightly. The wayward traveller, while anxious in the manner of a fairy, who, busy with her sparkle dust, had unconsciously misplaced her wings, entered the carpeted hallway with small, careful steps. She was clearly well-honed in the art of submissive passivity.But once inside, her eyes widened to an extraordinary roundness

Movie Essays - Jane Campion's Film of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady

3982 words - 16 pages Jane Campion's Film Version of Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady Jane Campion's film version of Henry James's novel, The Portrait of a Lady, offers the viewer a sexually charged narrative of a young naive American girl in Victorian era Europe. James's novel focuses on "what an exciting inward life may do for the person leading it even while it [a person's life] remains perfectly normal" (James 54). James could not or would not place

How does TS Eliot evoke scenes, characters and moral atmosphere in his early poems? Essay considers: 'Prufrock', 'Portrait of a Lady' and 'Rhapsody on a windy night'.

1149 words - 5 pages shall see the evocations of the three elements of poetry in question - scene, character and mood - are interdependent. First, I shall consider the use of dramatic monologue.Many of Eliot's early poems are dramatic monologue, most notably ...Prufrock and Portrait...These are both evocations of character. In Portrait of a Lady, the narrator is not the lady of the title. We see the lady externally - she is described by the narrator - and we see the

Death Portrait Of A Child

2023 words - 8 pages Death Portrait of a Child The photograph Death Portrait of a Child was made by German photographer Hugo Brehme. Brehme was born in Germany in 1882 and died in Mexico in 1954. He was considered one of the outstanding photographers of Mexico. Around 1905 when he was in his twenties, Brehme arrived in Mexico to photograph the complex and fascinating country. He studied photography in Germany and brought a pictorialist's eye and a complete command

A Portrait of The Deluded Artist

1717 words - 7 pages Few novels capture the peculiarity of the human mind as well as James Joyce’s, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Frustrating and awe-inspiring at the same time, the fleeting ambiguity with which Joyce depicts Stephen’s character leave the reader often puzzled and asking the natural question, “What is this supposed to mean?” We can then remain in this state of perplexity or try to interpret the subtle clues, dispersed throughout the book

What Maisie Knew - Portrait of a Child

1262 words - 5 pages What Maisie Knew - Portrait of a ChildAfter his disastrous shot at playwriting, which occupied him for a few years, Henry James finally returned to what he knew best: writing novels. What Maisie Knew (1897) is perhaps the finest of James' middle period books, a relatively simple story about a young girl of seven or eight who endures her parents' acrimonious divorce and a lot else besides.There are said to be James cultists who can spot the exact

Human Consciousness - A Portrait of the Brain

1743 words - 7 pages Human Consciousness A Portrait of the Brain Through Theories and Discussion A hemispherectomy is a surgical process in which the brain of a patient is halved and one of these parts is then removed. The procedure is only ever carried out on individuals who are very young, as their brains are still flexible, pliable enough that the remaining portion will then take on the functions of the half that had been removed. Though this process is

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Religion

1037 words - 4 pages A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Religion as Repression Like his protagonist, James Joyce was an Irish Catholic. He was also sent to Clongowes Wood College to board and study as a young boy. In effect the story is in part an autobiography of Joyce's own life up to the age of twenty or so (Kershner 6). In his essay A Portrait as Rebellion Norman Holland states: Because of Portrait's peculiar combination of novel and autobiography, I feel

A character in Henry James’ short story, Portrait of a

605 words - 2 pages A character in Henry James' short story, Portrait of a Lady, Madame Merle has greater validity in her argument that the self comes through our surroundings. Her points that our clothing, company, and activities have a great deal of influence on the people we become are especially true today.Clothing is much more than cloth to cover the body. Clothing sets people apart and determines our social hierarchy. Isabel Archer holds an opposing view

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

5843 words - 23 pages was Declan Kiberd's monumental Inventing Ireland. Kiberd's edition of the Penguin Ulysses was accompanied by Terence Brown's edition of A Portrait. The very title of a work like Our Joyce suggests that a certain 'reclaiming' is taking place in Joycean studies. Long before Joyce had 'returned' to Ireland by a commodius vicus of recirculation, Joyce's reputation as one of the giants of Modernist fiction was firmly established in America or France

Similar Essays

Book Report In Portrait Of A Lady

2556 words - 10 pages Mariano Marcos Memorial High School2090 Dr. Carreon St. ManilaThe Portrait of a Lady: An AnalysisA Project in English IIISubmitted by:AGANAN, Janell Kae D.SPA-CelerioSubmitted to:Ms. Hilda C. Presto7th August 2014AUTOBIOGRAPHYHenry James was born on April 15, 1843 at 2 Washington place, New York City, United States and died on February 28, 1916 at Cheney Walk Chelsea London, England. He is a native-born American and has acquired British

Book Report In Portrait Of A Lady

2556 words - 10 pages Mariano Marcos Memorial High School2090 Dr. Carreon St. ManilaThe Portrait of a Lady: An AnalysisA Project in English IIISubmitted by:AGANAN, Janell Kae D.SPA-CelerioSubmitted to:Ms. Hilda C. Presto7th August 2014AUTOBIOGRAPHYHenry James was born on April 15, 1843 at 2 Washington place, New York City, United States and died on February 28, 1916 at Cheney Walk Chelsea London, England. He is a native-born American and has acquired British

Henry James’ Portrait Of A Lady

1271 words - 5 pages Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady "On her long journey from Rome her mind had been given up to vagueness; she was unable to question the future. She performed this journey with sightless eyes and took little pleasure in the countries she traversed, decked out though they were in the richest freshness of spring. Her thoughts followed their course through other countries‹strange-looking, dimly-lighted, pathless lands, in which there was no

Portrait Of A Lady From Novel To Film

2349 words - 9 pages Portrait of a Lady - From Novel to Film Jane Campion's most recent film, Portrait of a Lady (1996), offers a distinct departure from her previous work, The Piano (1993), with which some critics have found fault. In her 1998 article, for example, while commending Campion for introducing two characters able to renounce the gender warfare that characterizes Western culture, Diane Long Hoeveler criticizes Campion for celebrating marriage