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What each person represents to Isabel Each person in the novel represents something to Isabel and makes her feel and think certain things and she is drawn to different people for different reasons and I will explore these reasons here I will explore why she is drawn to some characters and I will attempt to use this to highlight her choice in a husband First Im going to discuss the character of Isabel archer She is said to be the perfect Henry James heroine embodying all of the major preoccupations of his writing career she is a mix of unlike elements Isabel Archer is both innocent and knowing she loves liberty and yet she marries a man who would guarantee her constraint and she has a strong distaste for the emptiness of conventionality while submitting to it readily and consistently In her decision of whom to marry we can find the same mix in Isabel of what seems at first to be romantic rebelliousness and conformity to conventionality SISTERS In the beginning of the novel we hear about isabels sisters She has seen her two sisters tied down in unsatisfying marriages and she decides early on that she is not attracted to that lifestyle Casper GOODWOOD Chapter 13 Isabel once again tries to escape the possessiveness of Caspar Goodwood her American suitor She feels as if he influences her in such a way that it deprives her of a sense of freedom He is a very powerful force in her mind and this force always translates in her sense of things to a diminished sense of liberty She realizes she was very eager to take up Mrs Touchetts offer to come with her to Europe because she wanted to escape Caspar Goodwood She thinks of him as a sort of grim fate Lord WARBURTON In Chapter 12 Lord Warburton tells her
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