“She had wanted to put her hands on something in this room to prove it; the dream had never permitted her to do so.”

Barnes, Djuna, and T. S. Eliot. Nightwood. New York: New Directions, 1961. Print. 68.

This section of the passage draws attention to the narrators inability to proceed with the action she wants to do. It’s reminiscent of Untouchable where Bakha wishes to speak out in the crowd, but feels something inside holding him back. It connects to other characters as well when we consider that when a character is forbidden from doing something, it only makes them want too more. In Portrait, many of Stevens desires are kept within, because the religious upbringing he has makes him feel shame for having them. Eventually, this causes him to rebel and only pursue the actions more.

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