Depicting the nature of a desperate society, Wharton reveals, in this seemingly extravagant social order, a fear of insecurity and change that constantly outlines the motives of each individual and the collective dream, the age of innocence, that is produced. This dream of ignorance evolves out of the grievances of the war due to the loss of culture and people. It impassions the masses to cling to material items and to bind together to support ruling out the unpleasant and rational as a mechanism to cope with crushing reality. At any rate, this principle contributes largely to their actions that ...
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