What Maisie Knew Essays (Examples)

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Parenting in Henry James's Novels

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Henry James's work is not only a book about bad parenting, as it is not a book about relationships. It is about a fragmented and decadent society where normal values, such as caring for your child and offering her a loving home, become relative. This relativism of values leaves the character without a norm and without intrinsic knowledge about doing what is right.

Maisie's parents are not necessarily bad people in a complex meaning of the concept of "bad," just as Mrs. Wix, no matter how much the reader gets attached to her because of the way she adores Maisie, is not a sublimely good person. At least, despite developing interesting characters, James's objective is not to define good and bad and categorize his characters accordingly. I believe his goal is to see what the characters are doing and how they are behaving in a particular societal context, namely that…… [Read More]

Bibliography

1. Sethi, Mira, (2010). Henry James's Most Affecting Portrait. Wall Street Journal

2. James, Henry, (1897), What Maisie Knew. The Project Gutenberg

3. French, Philip, (2013). What Maisie Knew -- review. The Guardian. On the Internet at  http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/aug/25/what-maisie-knew . Last retrieved on November 1, 2014
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Irishman Colin Toibin's Novel the

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(In his master's voice)

But, since this is totally a novel regarding memory and return, the narrative keeps recoiling, as if going after James's thought processes, into the vital episodes of his bygone life. In this astute manner we are able to inch into James's strange family life which gives an account of his father's horrendous pursuit of spiritual perfection, his mother's shielding care of her writer son, the ailment and demise of his scathing, talented, neurotic handicapped sister Alice, his disagreement with his haughty elder brother William. Henry's avoidance of the American Civil War radically was at divergence with his brother Wilkie's injuries; his love for his alluring and destined young cousin Minnie Temple; his proximal, jittery friendship with the novelist Constance Fenimore Woolson, her suicide in Venice and James's vacating of her belongings. However, they are assorted with the scenes which Toibin has made-up or drawn up from…… [Read More]

References

Benjamin Markovits reviews: The Master by Colm T. ib'n. Retrieved at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2004/03/21/botoi21.xml&sSheet=/arts/2004/03/21/bomain.html. Accessed 5 November, 2005

Charles, Ron. Portrait of a portrait artist. Retrieved at  http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0525/p15s01-bogn.html . Accessed 5 November, 2005

Mars-Jones, Adam. In his master's voice. February 22, 2004. Retrieved at http://books.guardian.co.uk/reviews/generalfiction/0,6121,1154220,00.html. Accessed 5 November, 2005

Robinson, David. Portrait of a young Master. Retrieved at http://news.scotsman.com/features.cfm?id=260292004Accessed 5 November, 2005
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Cultural in the United States

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Cultural in the United States

Compare and contrast what Morris Berman, Frank Capra, and David Fincher present as the flaws in our culture's pursuit of material self-interest.

Morris Berman, Frank Capra, and David Fincher present the society in postmodern consumer where the masculine identity is lost: the gray-collar male personnel and the satisfaction socially created by the society focused in materialism. Technology is the baseline for Berman's argument. The argument goes well-known to Neil Postman, and McLuhan Marshal it is not normal, not only does it change the way we connect with the rest of the world, but it also gets our brains wired (Berman 21). A normal brain of a person who has been print raised differs with a big margin from that of a person who, most of his time is corrupted by the internet.

However, the significance of the internet is making a reduction to our understanding…… [Read More]

Work Cited

Berman, Morris. Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline. Hoboken, N.J: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012. Print.

Frank, Capra. It's a Wonderful Life: A Play in Two Acts. Woodstock, Ill: Dramatic Pub, 2008.

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Finchers, David. "fight Club." Mu-nchen: GRIN Verlag GmbH, 2007. Internet resource.