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Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 1st Ed. Part 4; Set 6; #6


Which of the following inferences about Henry

Which of the following inferences about Henry James’s awareness of novelistic construction is best supported by the passage? Many critics of Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights see its second part as a counter point that comments on, if it does not reverse, the first part, where a romantic reading receives more confirmation. Seeing the two parts as a whole is encouraged by the line novel’s sophisticated structure, revealed in its complex use of narrators and time shifts. 5 Granted that the presence of these elements need not argue for an authorial awareness of novelistic construction comparable to that of Henry James, their presence does encourage attempts to unify the novel’s heterogeneous parts. However, any interpretation that seeks to unify all of the novel’s diverse elements is bound to be somewhat unconvincing. This is not because such an interpretation necessarily stiffens into a thesis 10 (although rigidity in any interpretation of this or of any novel is always a danger), but because Wuthering Heights has recalcitrant elements of undeniable power that, ultimately, resist inclusion in an all-encompassing interpretation. In this respect, Wuthering Heights shares a feature of Hamlet. James, more than any other novelist, was aware of the difficulties of novelistic construction., James was very aware of the details of novelistic construction., James’s awareness of novelistic construction derived from his reading of Brontë., James’s awareness of novelistic construction has led most commentators to see unity in his individual novels., James’s awareness of novelistic construction precluded him from violating the unity of his novels.

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jahnavi jha

Can you please explain why is "E" wrong here. The passage says that any interpretation to unify the novel's heterogeneous parts shall be avoided. But isn't that what Henry James din't do because he knew about novelistic construction?

Oct 3, 2018 • Comment

David Recine

E is tempting, but B is better. The problem with E is that, compared to B, it's a stretch. The passage does indicate that James is very aware of the way novels are constructed (answer B), but it doesn't indicate that James was so *perfectly* aware of novel construction that he was incapable of making errors with novel unity (answer choice C).

Oct 4, 2018 • Reply


Chris Lele

Oct 6, 2012 • Comment

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