One of James

One of James - One of James' techniques as a writer is the...

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Unformatted text preview: One of James' techniques as a writer is the use of contrast. The character of Tristram is used as a contrast to Newman. By seeing another American who devotes himself to playing poker in American clubs and who has never come to one of the great art galleries, we form already a better picture of Christopher Newman. James sums him up in one short stroke of the pen: "He looked like a person who would willingly shake hands with any one." In other words, Tristram is a person who has no taste, no wit, and not a great deal of intelligence. In his discussions of Europe, we see that Newman has learned more and profited more in seventeen days than Tristram has in six years. We learn much more about Newman in this chapter. We see that he is a person who has the "desire, as he would have phrased it, to see the thing through." This is a typical Jamesian phrase used to as he would have phrased it, to see the thing through....
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