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The Beast in the Jungle Summary
Henry James

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The Beast in the Jungle Summary


Literary critics generally agree that Henry James's career can be divided into three periods, the first from 1876 to the mid-1880s, the second from the mid-1880s to 1897, and the third from 1897 to his death. James's "The Beast in the Jungle" was written and published in the final phase of James's career (1903). Like other works composed during this period, this story's style is the product of James's desire to minutely render the permutations of an individual consciousness, in this case the mind of the story's protagonist, John Marcher. Thematically, this story can be linked to one of the greatest novels of his later period, The Ambassadors, which was also published in 1903.

Both "The Beast in the Jungle" and The Ambassadors, even if in different ways, present the reader with the idea of the failure to live life. "The Beast in the Jungle" is the story of John Marcher, who...

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