The Real Thing by Henry James Updated on October 1, more Artifice versus Reality In The Real Thing, written by Henry James, artifice, regarding art, is a glorified representation of reality and, therefore, possesses a greater quality of realism to it than reality itself. James, here, alludes to the factor of malleability in many separate occasions throughout the piece. Perhaps this quality is more important than a certain graceful stagnancy which permeates this short story. It can be thought, also, that perhaps James uses his own writing to portray this view of artifice versus reality.
Even though the artist, who is the narrating protagonist and remains unnamed, has no particular need for them as models, he decides to give them a try and draws them for an important project he is working on, a project which might be his chance to achieve great fame and fortune.
During the following drawing sessions, it slowly becomes apparent that both the narrator and the Monarchs, his impoverished but still upper-class models, fail at their tasks: The artist seems to be unable to paint them as successfully as he normally draws his regular models, and they appear to be rather inflexible in terms of changing into the roles they are supposed to represent.
However, both parties undergo a process of change during the course of the story, which takes them from being prototypes, a typical painter and a typical aristocratic couple, to being characters.
In this research paper, I will show the changes each of them undergoes, and the way they both fail at their tasks. Before the narrator starts a professional and later a more personal relationship with the Monarchs, he characterizes himself as a typical painter of portraits with daily struggles and ambitions for the future.
Early in the first part, he summarizes his work as follows: It is obvious that this project is an important issue for him, and in case he really achieves his goal, the additional work of the following volumes of the book cycle would provide him employment for a long time, while at the same time giving him the fame and reputation he needs to start a career as a painter of portraits.
The narrator, however, still has little character in these early passages of the story, but the image of a typical struggling middle-class artist is established: He has ambitious dreams for the future, but at the moment he needs to earn his living with a less prestigious trade which he hopes to leave behind in the near future.
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|Diagnostic information:||Plot summary[ edit ] The narrator, an unnamed illustrator and aspiring painter, hires a faded genteel couple, the Monarchs, as models, after they have lost most of their money and must find some line of work.|
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When Major and Mrs. Monarch first appear, the narrator believes that they are customers who are prepared to pay good money for a portrait of themselves. Soon after, he learns that little is left from their former wealth. But even though they have lost all their money, they still have all the distinguishing features of upper class gentlefolk: Ironically, this outer appearance makes the artist believe that they are well-to-do, even though the money, the real feature to decide over their status, is long gone.
Moreover it is not only the visual appearance that makes the Monarchs a typical aristocratic couple, but also the way they behave throughout the first half of the story: Even though the couple had decided to do work which is normally not done by people of their social status, they wish to keep their reputation, they do not wish that the public or their former friends notice it.
Although they have no money left, they still see themselves as socially far superior than, for example, the other models that the narrator employs.
All this happens before the middle of the second part, and all these events establish an image of the way the narrator and the Monarchs see themselves and wish to be seen by others.Learning that he was a painter they tried to approach him, to show him too that they were the real thing; but he looked at them, across the big room, as if they were miles away: they were a compendium of everything that he most objected to in the social system of his country.
Henry James kept a notebook in which he wrote an entry about his short story, “The Real Thing.” In this passage, written on February 22, at the Westminster Hotel in Paris, James discussed the influence that Du Maurier had over the creation of his short story.
Who are the characters in "The Real Thing" by Henry James? The characters in "The Real Thing" are as follows: The artist: The artist is the narrator of the story. Aug 04, · In The Real Thing, written by Henry James, artifice, regarding art, is a glorified representation of reality and, therefore, possesses a greater quality of realism to it than reality itself.
James, here, alludes to the factor of malleability in many separate occasions throughout the ashio-midori.coms: 1. A Lesson in Reading: Henry James’s “The Real Thing” Sam Whitsitt Sketching out in his Notebooks what was later to become, “The Real Thing,” James wrote that the story should be, among other things, “a magnificent lesson” ().
A motif that I have noticed throughout the short story is eyes and seeing.
Eyes are great windows of expression that seem to be utilized in this story (not unlike this same recurring images of eyes in Reading Lolita in Tehran, The Great Gatsby, and Araby).
[Many instances throughout short story of eyes motif].