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The Beast In The Jungle

The Beast in the Jungleis a vivid tale of two friends lives intertwined and lost through their own beliefs composed by Henry James. The story is through the perspective of the main character, John Marcher, who believes his life is destined towards an unknown disaster. Through curiosity that turned to love, May Batram, stays by her friend, John Marcher's side through the duration of his wasted life as they both watched and waited for the imaginary disaster to occur. The disaster was the reason for not living his life and letting it slip through his fingers unknown. Life must be lived.
May Batram was curious and inquisitive of Marcher's thought, a curiosity that turned into loyal love for Marcher. When Marcher hadfirst met May it had been in Naples, though to his recollection it had been Rome. May put him in the right and he "accepted her amendments, enjoyed her corrections," (407). He was holding her in high regard now as he had ten years prior when he told her of his secret. This secret was one quoted from Marcher by May as from "(his) earliest time, as the deepest thing within (him), the sense of being kept for something rare and strange, possibly terrible," (411).
May had an eagerness for knowledge in her younger years with the aim of witnessing Marcher's disaster. Throughout ten years of not seeing each other May remembered and quoted John Marcher's words about his secret whereas he had "lost the consciousness of having taken (her) so far into (his) confidence" (410) and "that he really didn't remember the least thing about her" (407). May was ever intrigued by Marcher and vowed that in being "the only person in the world" (410) to know of Marcher's secret she would "watch with (him)" (414) for the disaster which was yet to come. Marcher's forgetfulness and sudden decision making tended to lend aid to his not seizing life and le…

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