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by Henry James

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What are the methods and techniques Henry James uses to portray Isabel's character and identity in The Portrait of a Lady?

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Chapter 42 of The portrait of a Lady marked a new direction in literary works towards the exploration of human consciousness. The chapter heavily focuses on Isabel's inner feelings and the third-person omniscient narrator closely identifies with Isabel's point of view. This results in an early form of interior monologue , a technique that modernist authors such as Woolf and Joyce would take even further into their characters' psychological depths. The narrator reports Isabel's meditations "far...

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