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The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton - Nature verses nurture is an ongoing debate between people for centuries now. Some believe that a person is born with certain traits and characteristics that will remain true for the rest of their life. Others believe that every person is born into the world with a blank slate that can be mold into an image of whichever the parent desired it to be. In the case of Lily Bart, the protagonist in The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, the characterization which was placed upon her by Wharton made her eventual descent in society inevitable....   [tags: destiny, mirth's house, edith wharton] 1051 words
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House of Mirth - The Nature of Nature - House of Mirth  - The Nature of Nature     Nature, whether in the form of the arctic tundra of the North Pole or the busy street-life of Manhattan, was viewed by Naturalist writers as a phenomena which necessarily challenged individual survival; a phenomena, moreover, which operated on Darwin's maxim of the "survival of the fittest." This contrasted sharply with the Romantic view, which worshipped Nature for its beauty, beneficence and self-liberating powers. In Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, Lily Bart attempts to "survive" within the urbane "drawing-room" society she inhabits....   [tags: House Mirth Essays]
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Objectification of Women in The House of Mirth - Objectification of Women in The House of Mirth        Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth is an affront to the false social values of fashionable New York society.  The heroine is Lily Bart, a woman who is destroyed by the very society that produces her.  Lily is well-born but poor.  The story traces the decline of Lily as she moves through a series of living residences, from houses to hotel lodgings.  Lily lives in a New York society where appearances are all.  Women have a decorative function in such an environment, and even her name, Lily, suggests she is a flower of femininity, i.e....   [tags: House Mirth Essays]
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Lily's Choice in The House of Mirth - Lily's Choice in The House of Mirth         Near the beginning of The House of Mirth, Wharton establishes that Lily would not indeed have cared to marry a man who was merely rich: "she was secretly ashamed of her mothers crude passion for money" (38). Lily, like the affluent world she loves, has a strange relationship with money. She needs money to buy the type of life she has been raised to live, and her relative poverty makes her situation precarious. Unfortunately, Lily has not been trained to obtain money through a wide variety of methods....   [tags: House Mirth Essays]
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Naturalism in The House of Mirth - Naturalism in The House of Mirth             Challenging the strict deterministic confines of literary naturalism, which hold that "the human being is merely one phenomenon in a universe of material phenomena" (Gerard 418), Edith Wharton creates in The House of Mirth a novel which irrefutably presents the human creature as being subject to a naturalistic fate but which conveys a looming sense of hope that one may triumph over environment and circumstance if one possesses a certain strength of will or a simple faith in human possibility....   [tags: House Mirth Essays]
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Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth - Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth serves as a strict model of etiquette for high society in the Gilded Age. It teaches one the intricate art of keeping up appearances and assimilating into the fickle leisure class. At the same time, the novel’s underlying purpose is to subtly critique this social order. Lily Bart’s perpetual, although often reluctant quest for financial stability and mass approval is a vehicle for demonstrating the numerous absurdities and constant pretensions of a class that revolved around money and opinion....   [tags: Edith Wharton House Mirth Essays] 1725 words
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Lily as the Goddess Diana in The House of Mirth - Lily as the Goddess Diana in The House of Mirth        One of the tragedies in The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton is that Lily Bart is unable to marry Laurence Selden and thereby secure a safe position in society. Their relationship fluctuates from casual intimacy to outright love depending on how and where Selden perceives Lily. Selden sees a beautious quality in Lily Bart that is not present in any of the other women in the novel. This mysterious beauty that is so often alluded to, in addition to her attraction for the other men, is best understood when Lily is conceived of as the goddess Diana....   [tags: House Mirth Essays]
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Subjectivity in Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth - Subjectivity in Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth      Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth presents an interesting study of the social construction of subjectivity. The Victorian society which Wharton's characters inhabit is defined by a rigid structure of morals and manners in which one's identity is determined by apparent conformity with or transgression of social norms. What is conspicuous about this brand of social identification is its decidedly linguistic nature. In this context, behaviors themselves are rendered as text, and the incessant social appraisal in which the characters of the novel participate is a process of deciphering this script of behavior....   [tags: House Mirth Essays]
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Lily Bart’s Tragic Oscillation in The House of Mirth - Lily Bart’s Tragic Oscillation in The House of Mirth In his article “Disowning ‘Personality’: Privacy and Subjectivity in The House of Mirth,” William Moddelmog explains that the interaction between Selden and Lily in Selden’s apartment the second time captures “the novel’s drama of subjectivity” (337) This drama exists at the core of Edith Wharton’s novel of upper-class manners and social morality, where a conflicted protagonist presents an amicable appearance in spite of her complex internal struggle with the hopes of resolving her problems through marriage....   [tags: House Mirth Essays]
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Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth as Satirical Commentary on Society -        Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth creates a subtle, ironic, and superbly crafted picture of the social operation of turn-of-the-century New York. In her harsh expression of community, she succeeds in portraying a world of calculation operating under the pretenses of politeness. The characters become competitors in the highly complex game of social positioning with an amorphous body of socially formed laws. Through her presentation of Lily Barton's ongoing struggles to "recover her footing-each time on a slightly lower level" in this game of skill, Wharton forces her audience to question this social order (272)....   [tags: House Mirth Essays Edith Wharton Essays]
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The House of Mirth - Lily Bart lived in the upper part of New York society. She loves nice things and extravagance. However, throughout the House of Mirth Lily plays a game. She wants to be virtuous, stay in the social circle, and have the money to keep up with the demands of her so called friends. She involves herself so much into the social life she loses all chance of gaining her riches virtuously or through true love. She misses her chances inevitably: from Percy to her dear aunt to her indecisiveness of men and marriage....   [tags: Lily barth, Literary Analysis, New York]
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The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton - Irony is common in realist novels that reveal the fall and/or rise of characters among other aspects. It is mostly shown at the end which is usually tragic but tell readers the fate of the characters. Realist novels have plausible events, with cause and effect in their stories — what the characters desire and the consequences they receive because of that. Realism in the novel, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, was clearly shown through Lily Bart's character with its ironic ending that had both her fall and rise as a character....   [tags: Irony in Realism] 1109 words
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The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton - Edith Wharton’s novel of manners The House of Mirth is a satirical representation of upper society. The personification of this satire is the character Lily Bart. The leader is led to believe that Lily is trapped by her upbringing in higher society, which is seen in Wharton’s use of characterization, imagery, and motifs throughout the novel. Wharton’s characterization of Lily Bart focuses on her beauty as the reason for her acceptance into high society. During the tableaux vivants at the Welly Brys’, Lily’s simple costume was the main focus of the men at the party: “This was the world [Lily] lived in, these were the standards by which she was fated to be measured....   [tags: lily, society]
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The House of Mirth - The House of Mirth Lily and Selden are on a walk together, Lily having broken her second planned meeting with Percy Gryce in order to see Selden. The excuse she gave Gryce was that she had a headache that first prevented her from going to church and second from going on a walk with him. She instead convinces him to join the other guests and go to the Van Osburgh home in Peekskill. Selden tells Lily that he views everything she does as having been premeditated. She disagrees, saying she is impulsive, but Selden argues that her genius is being able to convert impulse into intentions....   [tags: Papers] 691 words
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Realism in Wharton’s The House of Mirth - In realist novels, the author gives readers a sense of the real world by avoiding the dramatic aspects of other genre of novels. The realist novels are more focused on the character(s) rather than the action and the plot by showing the character’s real complications of nature and motives in society. Therefore, “realist novels typically end in fall or failure, often as an ironic commentary on social values of self-improvement or success. A character may get what he or she desires, but be faced with the unexpected consequences of that desire” [Prompt]....   [tags: Realist Novels, Character Analysis] 1347 words
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Shattering the Glass House of Mirth - Shattering the Glass House "where ignorance is bliss, / 'Tis folly to be wise." - Thomas Gray The title of Edith Wharton's novel The House of Mirth waxes poetic irony in the case of the old money society of turn-of-the-century New York. The individual as part of the collective of society which seeks to oppress individuality is representative of the "house" in the novel's title. To remain ignorant and play by the "rules," therein lies the "mirth." Clearly, the victimization of the story's heroine, Lily Bart, by the elite social "set" she associates herself with illustrates Wharton's disdain for the rigidity of this society against the individual....   [tags: American Literature] 2656 words
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Character of Seldon in The House of Mirth By Edith Wharton - Character of Seldon “He declared himself entirely at her disposal: the adventure struck him as diverting. As a spectator, he had always enjoyed Lily Bart; and his course lay so far out of her orbit that it amused him to be drawn for a moment into the sudden intimacy which her proposal implied.” Source: The House of Mirth, By Edith Wharton It should be noted that the role of Selden is highly important because it is a stock role in the novel of manners, and therefore helps in clearing and highlighting the unspoken conversation between people....   [tags: marriage, happiness, novel] 576 words
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Social Standings in The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton - ... She is not in a place where she can have the freedom of expression that she desires, and that she cannot accomplish without a husband. Lily’s love of luxury is physically manifested in the estate of Bellomont, the country home of her friends Bertha and Gus Trenor. They throw extravagant parties that Lily, along with all of New York’s social elite, attends. While Lily loves these parties, she finds herself unable to keep up with the lavish lifestyle led by her fellow partygoers. She needs money in order to maintain her status; she buys expensive dresses and gambles excessively in order to keep up the appearance that she has as much money as everyone else....   [tags: identity, marriage, money, society, class] 1516 words
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The House of Mirth and Babylon Revisited Novel Comparisson - When a person reads a novel or short story they are looking for something that they can relate to, some similar experience that they share with the characters. Since the fall of man in the garden of Eden people have been experiencing terrible circumstances, some brought about through their own actions, other brought about simply through life, or fate. Since tragedy is so common among humanity, an author can create an immediate connection between the reader and the story through use of tragedy. Both The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and “Babylon Revisited” by F....   [tags: tragedy, scott fitzgerald, edith wharton]
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The House of Mirth: Breaking free from the Reins of Luxury - The lives we lead and the type of character we possess are said to be individual decisions. Yet from early stages in our life, our character is shaped by the values, customs and mindsets of those who surround us. The characteristics of this environment affect the way we think and behave ultimately shaping us into a product of the environment we are raised in. Lily Bart, the protagonist in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, is an exceedingly beautiful bachelorette who grows up accustomed to living a life of luxury amongst New York City’s upper-class in the 20th century....   [tags: Literature]
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Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth: Lily Bart - ““Oh, I know—apple-blossoms on blotting-paper; just the kind of thing I shall be doing myself before long!” exclaimed Lily, starting up with a vehemence of movement that threatened destruction to Miss Farish’s fragile tea-table./Lily bent over to steady the cups; then she sank back into her seat. “I’d forgotten there was no room to dash about in— how beautifully one does have to behave in a small flat. Oh, Gerty, I wasn’t meant to be good,” she sighed out incoherently.”(Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth, p....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 1357 words
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Edith Wharton: Exposing Aristocratic Society - Visualize being at a lovely dinner in New York City during the early 20th century and scrutinizing some of the most affluent people the city has to offer. Edith Wharton was able to witness all of the arrogance in New York during this time and put those observations into her novel, The House of Mirth. Edith Wharton was born on January 24th, 1862 into a prosperous New York family. She lived in an expensive area of New York and was primarily educated by governesses and personal tutors (Olin 72). Her family inspired the phrase “Keeping up with the Joneses” (Lee 22)....   [tags: The House of Mirth]
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Upper Class Desires: Edith Wharton - Edith Wharton was a writer in the 1900’s a time in which the social status of one was extremely importanant. Edith Wharton herself was a member of the upper class but she criticizes the importance that people place on it. Through The House of Mirth and her characters the reader can determine the people Lily sees and interacts with are the same clas and type of people that Wharton would see on a daily basis. In Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth Wharton criticizes the values people place upon joining and remaining in the upper class....   [tags: The House of Mirth]
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Comparing The House of Mirth and Daisy Miller - Edith Wharton’s “The House of Mirth” mainly describes the need of a woman to be married to a wealthy man and how she attempts to find the most appropriate suitor. “The House of Mirth” also observes the tedious physical and mental decline of a young woman who, because of her own weakness and indecisiveness, falls from social distinction into poverty and griminess. The story presents a cruel measure of reality and ends quite sadly. Instead of marrying and living happily, Lily weakens slowly and commits suicide, possibly unintentionally, as a way of evading a lower-class humanity in which her upper-class needs cannot survive....   [tags: Henry James, Edith Wharton] 767 words
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Confined Women of the Nineteenth Century - In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, both authors provide evidence for readers to conceptualize the stories through the critical lens of feminism. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a story about the unnamed narrator who is taken to an ancestral home by her husband John to be treated for her nervous depression. Meanwhile, she develops a strong dislike for the yellow wallpaper in the bedroom that the narrator is restricted to. The narrator ultimately becomes hopelessly insane in hopes of relieving the women trapped by the wallpaper....   [tags: The Yellow Wallpaper, They House of Mirth]
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Realism: The Ending and Its Irony - Irony is common in realist novels that reveal the fall and/or rise of characters among other aspects. It is mostly shown at the end which is usually tragic but tell readers the fate of the characters. Realist novels have plausible events, with cause and effect in their stories — what the characters desire and the consequences they receive because of that. Realism in the novel, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, was clearly shown through Lily Bart's character with its ironic ending that had both her fall and rise as a character....   [tags: Reaist Novels, The House Of Mirth] 1131 words
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Jane Eyre vs House of Mirth Lily - Jane Eyre vs House of Mirth Lily The novels, Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, and House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton, contain many similarities and differences of which I will discuss in this essay. The focus will be on the main characters of each book, Jane Eyre, and Lily Bart and will include important points and ideas demonstrated in these novels. To begin, Jane, from Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre, was an orphan who was raised by an upper-class family who resented her and did not want her, therefore torturing, abusing, and treating her as someone at a status even lower than the servants....   [tags: essays papers] 2029 words
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House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton and Call it Sleep, by Henry Roth - Climbing up the Social Scale The time and way people are brought up in society makes a huge difference on how they will climb up the social scale in life. In the classic novel House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton and Call it Sleep, by Henry Roth the main characters experience totally different upbringings into society. While Lily Bart is brought up into a high class society, David is born into an immigrant family in a part of the city, which has similar people as his own country. The two characters in the novels both have different and some similar views on how to climb up on the social scale....   [tags: Compare contrast] 1309 words
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Edith Whartons The House Of Mi - Lily Bart, the central character in Edith Wharton’s novel, The House of Mirth , was born into the fringes of high society in late nineteenth century New York. She developed a, “lively taste for splendour';(page 30) and a fear of, ';dinginess';.(page 35). Everything within this social circle is measured in monetary value, people and things alike are treated as commodities. This is the only way of life Lily knows, and without the financial means to sustain herself, Lily is destined to be a victim of this commodification of people and objects....   [tags: essays research papers] 2116 words
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Poker Face - Throughout The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton uses many themes and motifs; gambling being a dominant one. Lily Bart is constantly testing her luck with her need to feel as if she has the upper hand in many situations. Lily always seems to throw out winning cards because she thinks that a better hand will come to her in the next round. Many readers might think that Lily is merely a careless, self-centered, and money-hungry tease. She very well may be all of those things; however, I believe it is all due to her addiction to gambling....   [tags: House of Mirtth, Edith Wharton]
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The Horror of "The Fall of the House of Usher" - The Horror of "The Fall of the House of Usher" What is a horror. What does it mean to be terrified. The definition of a horror fiction is "fiction in any medium intended to scare, unsettle, or horrify the reader." Since the 1960s, any work of fiction with a morbid, gruesome, surreal, or exceptionally suspenseful or frightening theme has come to be called "horror" (Wikipedia) . "The Fall of the House of Usher" is a great example of a story on the basic level of a gothic horror, in which the element of fear is evoked in its highest form....   [tags: Fall House Usher] 1420 words
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A Doll's House, by Henry Ibsen - In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House, a drama written in the midst of an 1879, middle-class, suburban Europe, he boldly depicts a female protagonist. In a culture with concern for fulfilling, or more so portraying a socially acceptable image, Nora faces the restraints of being a doll in her own house and a little helpless bird. She has been said to be the most complex character of drama, and rightfully so, the pressure of strict Victorian values is the spark that ignites the play's central conflicts....   [tags: Henry Ibsen, A Doll House]
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Halfway House by Mohan Rakesh - ... The strongest influence is the theatre of absurd .The influence of theatre of ideas, particularly works of Sartre and Shaw is also strongly there. This debt necessitates a closer ideological probe because many notions ingrained in modern western thought and literature and inimical to third world realities .It also problematise the issue of the play deals with. On a closer re-look we discern the retrogressive. In its analysis of contemporary society the play shows worrying lack of dynamism .showing a circularity in its ideational movement –a halfway house of collective approach to house and its unfinished ,incomplete inhabitants ,the play rules out the possibility of any kind of collec...   [tags: family disintegration in halfway house] 738 words
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My House and Memories - ... She did not mind it. She kept smiling at me. “You look tired,” she said. I felt sweaty, and out of breath. I ran my fingers through my hair to look more presentable. “I have run a long time without stopping,” I explained. “You look nice,” she said with a smile. “I like you.” I kept silent, staring around in a drowsy manner. “Did you run just to come here?” She asked. “I don’t know. That is… yes.” “Why?” “Why?” I repeated, surprised, “this is my house.” She laughed. I felt uneasy; I did not know if her laugh was triggered by what I had said....   [tags: house, garden, age, memory] 705 words
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The Different Values of Hindus and Americans Illustrated in This Blessed House - “This Blessed House” is a story that focuses on two distinct characters that have a different perception about each other and their religious values. Sanjeev and Twinkle is a Hindu couple in an arranged marriage; these characters represent two different ways of looking at life and appreciating it. In focusing on the characterization of both characters Sanjeev and Twinkle the audience gets an understanding on the different values that Hindus and Americans share and also how religions can affect how people perceive things in life....   [tags: This Blessed House] 1169 words
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Gender Roles in Little House on the Prairie - Building an Empire through Gender Roles in Little House on the Prairie Children’s literature of the Nineteenth Century is notoriously known for its projection of expected Victorian gender roles upon its young readers. Male and female characters were often given specific duties, reactions, and characteristics that reflected society’s particular attitudes and moral beliefs onto the upcoming citizens of the empire. These embedded concepts helped to encourage nationality and guide children towards their specific gender roles which would ensure the kingdom’s future success....   [tags: Little House on the Prairie Essays]
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Legends and Superstitions: The House on Peregrine Lane - ... It was used for many things, receiving dignitaries and other guests, providing shelter for those in need and concealing what needed hiding. It now held a straight backed figure with blazing red hair that tumbled freely down to mid back. Alex led the way around the table and into two painfully uninviting chairs. “I am not accustomed to being kept waiting.” Alex smiled. “Good to see you too Medea. Apologies for our belatedness but we weren’t expecting you until much later. You told us noon.” “And then I changed my mind....   [tags: slicing the house, identical pieces] 1130 words
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A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen - Henrik Ibsen, author of one of the greatest drama plays A Doll House, is said this piece of work is a feminist play. Feminism is defined as a “collection of movements aimed at defining, establishing and defending equal political, economic, and social rights and equal opportunities for women”, according to Dictionary.com. Did Ibsen produce A Doll House to be a feminist play. No matter what or how much propaganda feminist have made toward A Doll House, Ibsen, never wanted to produce a play concerning women’s rights, but that is very arguable....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]
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Flaws Portrayed Within the Helmer Marriage in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House - Marriage is a union between two people who communicate and love each other. A love so pure and unconditional that only in death can they part. In a Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen, Nora and Torvald appear to portray the perfect marriage. However, throughout the play flaws within the Helmer marriage are exposed: a lack of communication, love and selflessness. A relationship based on lies and play-acting; A marriage condemned by the weight of public opinion. Nora and Torvald lack one of the key elements needed to make a marriage work....   [tags: a doll's house] 1147 words
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The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe - ... As the Usher family started to deteriorate so did the family. Rodrick’s mental state is a result of the family treatment to reproduction. The narrow family tree of the Usher family has had an impact on the mental capacity. The house is also a victim of the family’s mistreatment. The crack in the walls, fungi and vines around the house, and “a pestilent and mystic vapor, dull, sluggish, faintly discernible, and leaden-hued” tarn. Over the years, the house has depreciated into what it is at this point in the story....   [tags: literary analysis, royal house] 683 words
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When a Stranger Comes and Causes your House to Fall - Is it possible that two stories in the same genre can have completely different settings, but still end in similar ways. The two stories The Fall of the House of Usher and Where is Here. are both gothic stories. In The Fall of the House of Usher by: Edgar Allen Poe, the story begins with the narrator going to visit his old friend in an isolated house built on a swamp. In Where is Here. by: Joyce Carol Oates, the story is set in a quiet, residential neighborhood, then a stranger comes to visit. Although The Fall of the House of Usher and Where is Here....   [tags: Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher] 659 words
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Anti-Transcendentalist Themes in Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher - Towards the middle of the nineteenth century, the Transcendentalism movement became a seminal force in literature. Originating in the New England region of America, transcendentalism emphasized the spiritual over the corporeal, and the power of individual intuition over organized doctrine as a means of attaining true spirituality. But one of the most notable writers of this period, Edgar Allan Poe, made no secret of his disdain for the tenets of transcendentalism. He mocked transcendentalist ideals by clearly expressing anti-transcendentalist themes in one of his most well known works, “The Fall of the House of Usher”....   [tags: fall of the house of usher]
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Men’s Egos Exposed in A Doll's House and Antigone - “I would not be a queen for all the world.” (Henry VIII) King Henry sums up in one short sentence the attitude that men have had towards women for ages. For centuries, men have been treating women like second-class citizens. They have always thought of themselves as superior. In the plays Antigone and A Doll’s House there are obvious examples of the conflicts between men and women. In the play Antigone, the character Antigone broke the law to do what she thought was right. Creon, her uncle and the king, was frustrated that she did not listen to him because women in that time period always did what they were told....   [tags: A Doll's House, Antigone]
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Character Analysis of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House - A character analysis of Ibsen’s, “A Doll House”, reveals one main challenge facing Nora and women of today: men tend to misjudge women. Men assume that women are innocent and weak, merely because they are female. Nora Helmer, whom is considered childlike, is an example of women that live in a metaphorical “doll house”. On the other hand, towards the end of the story, Nora exhibits the independence and drive to be a real woman; this is another characteristic that many women display. Nora’s metamorphosis is a clear-cut representation of how modern-day women gained the freedom and rights they have today....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays]
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Visual Symbols in "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen - "A Doll's House", written in 1879, is one of the most famous works by playwright Henrik Ibsen, the founder of modern realistic prose drama. It tells the story of a nineteenth century bourgeoisie woman who breaks the chains of society that determine her role in life in order to find herself. The female protagonist Nora lives a perfectly comfortable and seemingly carefree life until her husband Torvald Helmer falls ill. She is forced to forge a signature on a contract that would enable her to borrow enough money from a lawyer named Nils Krogstad to travel to southern Italy to save his life....   [tags: A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen, ] 1247 words
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The Importance of Truth in A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen - Though unknown to the outside world, many seemingly perfect relationships are dark moral places to investigate. We constantly see idealistic relationships that appear flawless at first glance; however, we are too taken aback when we discover such relationships are based on deception. In A Doll House, Henrik Ibsen contends through Nora that truth plays a crucial role in idealistic living; and when idealistic lifestyles are built on deceit an individual will eventually undergo an epiphany resulting in a radical understanding of reality, potentially leading to the destruction of relationships....   [tags: A Doll’s House Essays] 1052 words
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New Year's Changes in Henrik Isben's A Doll's House - In Victorian England, women were expected to be undoubtedly obedient to their fathers, and later in life, servile to their husbands as well. They were normally forbidden to pursue a real education, and would often “devote themselves to their husbands' happiness” (Roland 10). Throughout history, women have had to make sacrifices for other people's feelings and lives. They have given up their own lives, freedoms, education, and careers due to their concern for others. A concurrent injustice occurs in Henrik Ibsen's play, A Doll's House....   [tags: Victorian England, A Doll's House, ]
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