The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James

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How does The Portrait of a Lady and one other text represent the concept “Only Connect: Perspectives on Self and Other."Consider how each text reflects the values of its context and also how the theme...

How does The Portrait of a Lady and one other text represent the concept “Only Connect: Perspectives on Self and Other."

Consider how each text reflects the values of its context and also how the theme of connection is represented thematically and technically.

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You have asked a big question, and I am only going to be able to give a few suggestions for you to think about rather than giving you a complete answer. Firstly, however, for the other novel, the famous phrase "only connect" is actually taken from E. M. Forster in writing about his novel, Howards End, and so you might want to think about using that as your other novel to compare and contrast with The Portrait of a Lady.

The major theme of Howards End is connection and how we connect with others and within ourselves. As the novel shows it is actually incredibly difficult to connect with others, and even harder at times to sustain those connections. By examining two opposing families, the Schlegels (represeting imagination and idealism) and the Wilcoxes (representing commercialism, practicality and pragmatism) we are presented with two alternative ways of approaching forming connections. For the Schlegels, as is shown by their friendship with Leonard Bast, the personal relationship is...

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