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In the case of Henry James there should not be much dispute about the exactness and completeness of the representation no man ever strove more studiously or on the whole more successfully to reproduce the shape and color and movement of his sthetic experience These are the remarks of Stuart P Sherman from his article entitled The Aesthetic Idealism of Henry James from The Nation p 397 April 5 1917 Now some seventy-two years later critical readers are still coming to terms with James aesthetic vision As we have discussed in class James aestheticizes everything Sexual intercourse carnal knowledge painful self-discovery human mortality etc are often figuratively and metaphorically veiled so as not to disturb or repulse the reader Taking a closer look at this one might say that James did this so that he himself would not be repulsed Perhaps James wasnt thinking so much of the reader as he was thinking of himself In The Beast in the Jungle James has aesthetically hidden the reality of Marchers destiny by treating it as a symbolic crouching beast waiting to spring The reader will ask why James has done this Wouldnt it be more effective to speak plainly of Marchers and Bartrams relationship The author could tell us exactly why John Marcher does not marry May Bartram The narrator tells us that Marchers situation was not a condition he could invite a woman to share and that a man of feeling didnt cause himself to be accompanied by a lady on a tiger hunt p 417 This is nonsense Marcher wont marry May because he doesnt want to inconvenience her with his condition or endanger her life on a tiger hunt First of all he inconveniences her right up to the day of her death with his condition and as for the metaphorical tiger hunt what exactly does that refer to What is it here that James will not speak of in
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