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The Beast in the Jungle

John Marcher, the protagonist of the story, convinces himself that an ambiguous future event will determine the course of his existence. He believes that some catastrophe lies in wait for him like...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2018, 7:32 am (UTC)

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The Beast in the Jungle

John Marcher's name suggests March, the beginning of spring, a time of newness and rebirth. He truly believes something, either great or terrible, will happen to him. In any case, this "something"...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018, 9:45 pm (UTC)

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The Beast in the Jungle

The sections of the answer provided above which meet Freud's version of the uncanny are explained below. 1. Marcher’s "secret" is treated as if it is more than a feeling and is something that...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2015, 6:15 am (UTC)

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The Beast in the Jungle

This is a great question, but I would first have to state that I don't believe there is a definitive way of resolving it—as with many issues in literature. It is true that May keeps her silence,...

Latest answer posted April 4, 2019, 3:07 am (UTC)

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The Beast in the Jungle

The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James is often used to illustrate Freud's notion of the Uncanny because both the central element of the plot and the narrative voice have Uncanny elements. The...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2015, 6:47 am (UTC)

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The Beast in the Jungle

Early in this story Marcher confides to his friend May Bartram that he has a secret he has never shared with anyone before. It is that for much of his life he has been expecting a harrowing event...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2012, 9:22 pm (UTC)

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The Beast in the Jungle

The Beast in the Jungle is the story of John Marcher, who believes he is destined for a special fate. This conviction is so profound that instead of delving into life, Marcher chooses to live at...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2007, 2:46 am (UTC)

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The Beast in the Jungle

The first part of the plot, which occurs in Chapter I, is the meeting between John Marcher and May Bartram on an October afternoon. Though Marcher doesn't really remember it, they met ten years...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2018, 8:26 pm (UTC)

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The Beast in the Jungle

There are several gothic elements in Henry James's The Beast in the Jungle. Gothic writing tends to explore feelings of fear and examine intense human emotions in life-or-death situations. In this...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2021, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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The Beast in the Jungle

Isn't James right on that score, then? That Hawthorne did not believe in the Puritan doctrines--that's the point of Hawthorne's treatment of them, no? Does Renoylds mean to say that Hawthorne is...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2007, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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