DOI: 10.17265/2159-5542/2011.05.005
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Kuo-Ping Claudia Tai

Abstract: Redeeming the flawed self is an effective way to terminate the potential of being victimized and maximize the power to be self-reliant. Self-reliance can be attained when we first focus on the mind reinterpreting the self in a positive way and then reject to be harassed and tortured by the memories of being victimized at any circumstances. This is what Isabel Archer does in Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady. Because of her ignorance of complex human nature, Isabel mistakenly let her be set up by Madame Mer…

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