The Bostonians by Henry James Essay

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The Bostonians by Henry James

The Bostonians, by Henry James was a very interesting piece. James' underlying tone for the spiritualism and fascination is clearly a picture of the time when the piece was written. I thought that is played an important influence in his writing. Ruth Hall, by Fanny Fern is an unofficial biography of her own life as a women activist. One of the underlying issues that stand out in her novel is the way that she includes the lower-class women right along with the middle-class. This was not a common ideal shared by all women activists at this time. Both of these underlying issues in these books keep the reader interested it their works.
During the nineteenth-century fascination and spiritualism were
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Basil too is hypnotized by Verena and her hidden powers. James contrasts the two characters, Dr. Tarrant and his daughter Verena. Olive and Basil love Verena, but they dislike her father. It seems odd that they would dislike the father of the one that they hold dear, especially with all the same characteristics that they share. They are, in essence, both practicing the same type of medicine. They are using the subconscious to achieve their goals. The only difference is that Dr. Tarrant openly practices it while Verena uses the same power with knowingly accepting it. Fanny Fern's Ruth Hall is a look at the author's own real life experiences. She just changes the name of the characters to hide their identities. The most interesting aspect of her book is the fact that she includes the lowers class women in her fight for women's rights. Very few women activists included the lower classes in their strives for equality. Fanny Fern, another American writer was way before her time in this aspect.
The middle-class women constituted most of the leaders of the women's movement, and so their concerns were put in the forefront. Very little thought was given to the women who worked in the sweatshops or the factories during the nineteenth-century. Fanny does not seem to differentiate between the classes when it comes to the movement. She might be considered the founder of the lower-class women's movement. But then

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