The Wings of the dove

The Wings of the Dove
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  1. “The Wings of the dove”By henry James

    Slide 1 - “The Wings of the dove”By henry James

    • A comparison of Kate Croy and Milly Theale
    • By Hunter Donahue
  2. The Wings of The Dove: Some Background

    Slide 2 - The Wings of The Dove: Some Background

    • Published in 1902 by Henry James
    • The novel serves as a memorial to the life of Minny Temple
    • Themes include morality, personal freedom, and the pressure of societal expectations
  3. Demands of Society and Class as a Major Theme of the Novel

    Slide 3 - Demands of Society and Class as a Major Theme of the Novel

    • Romanticism: demands that we question society and authority , values individual freedom and choice
    • The morally flexible characters suffer the consequences of giving in to the demands and expectations of others, while secretly scheming to fulfill their own desires
  4. Duality Within “The Wings of the Dove”

    Slide 4 - Duality Within “The Wings of the Dove”

    • American & European
    • Milly Theale & Kate Croy
    • Susan Stringham & Mrs. Lowder
    • Honesty & Deceitfulness
  5. 	A Comparison of Kate Croy and Milly Theale

    Slide 5 - A Comparison of Kate Croy and Milly Theale

    • Kate Croy
    • Not independently wealthy, poor family members
    • Manipulative
    • Cold
    • Interested in what she can get out of people
    • Self-serving
    • Milly Theale
    • Fabulously wealthy, no surviving family members
    • Simple
    • Warm and open-hearted
    • Interested in what she can give to people, as well as life itself
    • Self-sacrificing
  6. The Dove and The Cuckoo Bird

    Slide 6 - The Dove and The Cuckoo Bird

    • Milly Theale: The Dove
    • Innocent, pure, and defenseless
    • Often kept as a pet
    • Symbolizes the self-sacrifice of Christ
    • Kate Croy: The Cuckoo Bird
    • Deceptive
    • Manipulative
    • Forces other birds to raise its own young, saving it the trouble and work
  7. Mother Figures in “The Wings of the Dove”

    Slide 7 - Mother Figures in “The Wings of the Dove”

    • Mrs. Stringham
    • Protective and loving to the point of being smothering
    • Her love for Milly borders on the unhealthy and idealized
    • Is a good and warm person
    • Main Fault: Trusting and Naïve, sees Milly as a trophy
    • Mrs. Lowder
    • Protective, loving but with conditions
    • Threatens withdrawal of financial support if Kate doesn’t obey
    • Is cold and practical when it comes to her plans for Kate
    • Rigid in her beliefs, sees Kate as an investment that she must cultivate and mold for her comfort and amusement
  8. To Sum Up

    Slide 8 - To Sum Up

    • Americans = Good-hearted, naïve, trusting people who are open with their feelings and intentions most of the time
    • Europeans = Jaded, cynical, manipulative and self-serving. Also, classist and materialistic.
    • The novel reinforces the themes of Romanticism by emphasizing the importance of the individual
  9. Works Cited

    Slide 9 - Works Cited

    • “The Wings of the Dove” By Henry James
    • Foster, Jan Kennedy. "The Wings Of The Dove." Masterplots, Fourth Edition (2010): 1-3. Literary Reference Center. Web. 15 June 2015.
    • For Further Research Try:
    • Komar, Kathleen L. "Language and Character Delineation in The Wings of the Dove." Twentieth Century Literature 1983: 471. JSTOR Journals. Web. 15 June 2015.
  10. This has been a presentation on : “The Wings of the dove”,by Henry James

    Slide 10 - This has been a presentation on : “The Wings of the dove”,by Henry James

    • Presentation by Hunter Donahue