The Question and Answer section for The Ambassadors is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
I believe the novel's main message is that everyone needs to find themselves..... to find the place they're most at home and really live their lives.
As a teacher, I would most identify with Maria Gostrey. Who do you identify with?
By making Strether an American, James is able to play out the stereotypical American ex-patriate longing for the European carefree life, versus the more stringent and Puritanical work ethic espoused by the American upbringing. Chad has already...