The Portrait of a Lady
The Portrait of a Lady Symbolism, Imagery & Allegory
Sometimes, there’s more to Lit than meets the eye.
The living spaces we encounter in Portrait shine a significant light upon their inhabitants. Certain characters and relationships are defined by the buildings that house them; for example, Mr. Touc...
Gardens, flowers, landscapes
Any mention of landscapes, parks, gardens, and nature in general should be regarded carefully here – James uses these images to suggest the ways in which people, like land, can be cultivated...
We encounter many collectors of beautiful objects in this novel – Ralph, Osmond, and Rosier in particular – and their attitudes towards the artifacts that they collect extends into thei...
Isabel as a ship
Ralph makes use of this image twice. First, he convinces his father to "put a little wind in her sails" (18.25) by bequeathing her a fortune. Later, he claims that Isabel is on an expedition to exp...
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