DEPICTING THE CONTRASTS THROUGH SYMBOLIC CHARACTERS

Abstract

Author(s): Davood Mohammadi MOGHADAM, Wan Roselezam WAN YAHYA

One of the most prominent figures among American novelists is Henry James, who is mostly famous for his international novels. Through his international novels, he had professionally practiced his international theme to show the contrasts between America and Europe. This contrast is depicted between their societies, cultures, ideals, conventions and characters. James is called by Howells as the master of portraying the American girls, because he practiced his international theme through portraying the American girls in the European society. But what makes his The Wings of the Dove, different among his other works, is the fact that his basic pattern of depicting a deceived American girl in a sophisticated European society, enabled James to practice his international theme through using symbolic characters. Milly Theale, the heroine of this novel, is the symbole of an American innocent girl. This paper is going to study that how James had putted a sophisticated European girl, Kate, against Milly to show the contrast, which he had thought to exist between America and Europe in those days. Actually Milly and Kate are the symbol of their countries, and the story propel through their interactions.

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