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The Portrait of a Lady (thematic)
relationships are defined as possessor. In reality the narrators greatest influence in his life has not been his parents or the things he may have learned in school but rather it is his grandmothers influence in his life which has shaped the narrator. It is also noticeable that the narrator loves his grandmother very much and if anything both have a close and loving friendship. Wealth, what exactly does money buy? Pride, well, we all know what pride supposedly goeth before, so lets not even go there. In many ways not only is the grandmother there for the narrator but she has dedicated her life to him when she has needed.
When she becomes a lady, she succumbs to the patriarchal order and learns to be the feminine woman that should not have ideas. Identity, who am I? Where many may wish to be idle or do nothing in their old age this is not the case when it comes to the grandmother. What girls rather, women just want in this novel is actually independence and the freed. Because of this treatment, it is tempting to see the novel as offering a feminist critique of marriage as it represents a form of imprisonment if the husband chooses to wield his sanctioned power. Lies and Deceit, honesty is kind of a problem in this book. The Portrait of a Lady draws on the perennial Jamesian theme of Americans living in Europe. Contrasting Regions, in this day and age, we may think we know all too well what constitutes the American character. Throughout the story the narrator never once criticizes his grandmother. The only successful marriage, in terms of longevity and respect, is between her aunt and uncle (the Touchetts) and this appears to be because her aunt has lived in Florence rather than England. In reality the grandmother is an important part of the narrators life and not someone who he takes for granted.