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Since the tragic deaths of his wife and infant son, Dr. Sloper has no one left in the world but his dowdy daughter Catherine. Truth be told, she's a crashing disappointment to him. Even so, he's...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2021 6:49 am UTC

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Catherine Sloper is the protagonist in Washington Square. During the course of Henry James’s novel, the reader sees her progress from a docile young woman to a mature adult. Following the death of...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019 5:39 pm UTC

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Morris Townsend is seen from various perspectives in Washington Square. This characterization is one of the many ways in which his creator Henry James shows his literary genius. Dr. Austin Sloper...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Home and hearth is another important theme in the story. The home is supposed to be a place of warmth and domestic bliss, yet Dr. Sloper's fashionable home in well-to-do Washington Square becomes a...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019 7:02 am UTC

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Washington Square is a novel by Henry James. Published in 1880, it tells the story of Catherine Sloper, the daughter of wealthy doctor Austin Sloper. The primary theme of the novel focuses on the...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2014 3:22 pm UTC

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The novel offers a rather mixed view on contemporary life at the time. Catherine's development into a "modern woman" or into a resemblance of the "New Woman" is painful and isolating, but...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2013 1:44 pm UTC

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Dr. Austin Sloper appears sympathetic in some ways but incredibly arrogant in others. For example, though he is a bright and honest physician, he enjoys making a point of his intelligence and skill...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2017 2:19 pm UTC

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The idea of betrayal figures prominently in this Henry James novel. Catherine Sloper is a plain girl but comes from a rich family. Ironically, the wealth came from Catherine's mother and when she...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2008 10:44 am UTC

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Dr. Sloper was right in his analysis of Morris Townsend's character. He was right, too, is seeing that Townsend didn't really love Catherine at all. Therefore it seems likely that Dr. Sloper was...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2012 4:56 pm UTC

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Henry James handles the central problem in Washington Square in such a subtle way that it is difficult to pinpoint any obvious statement or sign that Morris is, indeed, solely interested in...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2014 1:35 am UTC

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Dr. Sloper is strongly opposed to his daughter marrying Morris Townsend. She tells her father, however, that she is engaged and intends to marry Townsend. The best her father can hope for is to...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2015 3:59 am UTC

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The stereotypical literary heroine, at least of the older English novels, was beautiful, resourceful, graceful, socially intelligent, and often much sought after by men, although she might come...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2013 9:27 pm UTC

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When novels are narrated through the stream technique, the author's purpose is not just to entertain but to travel back and forth without a specific order, and sending his or her personal thoughts...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2010 2:19 am UTC

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Washington Square is Henry James’s most popular novel, although he himself did not have a high opinion of it. It is also his easiest novel to follow because his writing style had not yet become as...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2012 12:04 am UTC

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Henry James draws a sharp contrast between the way Morris Townsend looks to the homely wallflower Catherine Sloper when she first meets him in Chapter 4 and the way he looks to her some years...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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To put your question into context, we will first briefly discuss the rise of American industrialization. The Industrial Revolution saw its emergence in America in the 19th Century. Prior to the...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2015 5:17 pm UTC

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Catherine has an extremely traumatic experience which makes her a stronger person by forcing her to recognize and accept the truth about herself and about humanity in general. Almost...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2012 4:02 am UTC

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I do not believe that women needed permission to marry if they were of age. In Washington Square, Dr. Sloper definitely refuses to give Catherine his approval of her engagement to Morris Townsend....

Latest answer posted December 27, 2014 7:04 pm UTC

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There are four principal characters who drive Washington Square, which is a classic work of James's early period. Catherine Sloper, as the novel begins, is a shy, sensitive, loving, plain, and...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 3:02 am UTC

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Morris Townsend is not only handsome and intelligent, but he is charming, refined, and sophisticated. Without ever saying so directly, Henry James implies that this young man has acquired his...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:22 pm UTC

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Dr. Sloper has plenty of faults and flaws, but stinginess is not among them. If he were close with his money to the extent that you are insinuating here, would he allow his sister to live with him...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2013 1:59 pm UTC

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Catherine is an extremely indecisive person, whose views seem to be swayed by those of the person she is talking to. In chapter 20, she and Morris have a frank conversation about her state of...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2019 11:07 am UTC

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A good fiction writer or dramatist will usually introduce a character "in character," that is, doing or saying something characteristic. For example, when Willy Loman is introduced in Arthur...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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