Washington Square is a novel written by Henry James, published in 1880. It is a tragicomedy novel that tells about the conflict between a sweet, but stupid daughter and her unemotional father. The movie Trouble with the Curve was released in 2012 is a sports-drama movie, featuring Clint Eastwood.
The novel Washington Square focuses mainly on the relationship between Catherine Sloper and her dad Dr. Sloper. He is a well-known physician in New York. He is an up and coming medical doctor, so it is in his nature to marry Catherine Harrington a wealthy young woman. Even though Austin Sloper is not independently rich, his practice is growing and he is highly looked upon on. Their first child is a boy; he dies after a couple of years. After the birth of the second child, Catherine dies. The daughter takes the name of the mother, Catherine. Although Dr. Sloper thinks she has not the same grace, intelligence and beauty of her mother. Dr. Sloper is so disappointed in Catherine, he thinks she is a strange genetic twist of fate. She is not a boy, she is not smart like him and not beautiful like her mother.
Throughout the novel, we get to understand that Dr. Sloper he never really likes his own daughter, but he never explicitly says it to Catherine. His sarcastic presence towards Catherine stunts her intellectual and emotional growth. As she grows into a young adult her place in Society becomes important to Dr. Sloper, like the way she dresses. Everyone except Dr. Sloper approves her dresses, he thinks they are too expensive. Catherine only worries about her own dad’s opinions.
Her father, Dr. Sloper whom she admires and adores, has shaped her as a person. Catherine tries to fill a life without...
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...ngs.” Mickey looks at him and answer, “You already have.” In Washington Square we realize that Catherine has changed her mind about Morris, she tells her dad Dr. Sloper that she cannot promise not to marry him after his death
But as we know she turns him down one last time and in the last sentence of the book, “Catherine, meanwhile, in the parlor, picking up her morsel of fancy-work, had seated herself with it again — for life, as it were."
All through both stories we understand that the daughters truly admires their fathers. Mickey wants to pursue a career in Baseball and Catherine trusted her dad so much that she denied Morris, even after Dr. Slopers death. There is a different ending in both. In Trouble with the Curve there is a happy ending where we see Mickey going away with Johnny. In Washington Square we see Catherine ending up alone, like her dad foresaw.
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