Analysis Of The House Of Mirth

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Wharton twisted the plot to have Lily Bart develop into a strong woman, who contributed to the workforce with intellectual knowledge. The early 20th century marked the quick expansion of the workforce. Development of new technology favored skilled women per men. Rapid technological advancements utilizing new organizational techniques and superior clerical work increased production and kept the economy booming. Not only were women entering the workforce but the enrollment in high school and graduation rates increased dramatically. Before the 20th century women sparsely entered the workforce, and obtained a degree higher than an elementary education. Adshade author in the Canadian Journal of Economics stated “The beginning of the twentieth century…show more content…
Through Lily, Wharton showed that she may not have been essentially happy, but the vices against society were challenged. As females began entering the work force their willingness to learn and receive a lower pay wage than men allowed women to surpass male representation in admistrative positions. (Adshade 16). Bart entered the workforce to exceed the controversy of indecency and to pay her friends back the debt she acquired. The possibilities of this novel being popularly known have many different scenarios. The citizens of this culture found a way to relate to the story plot and the ultimate portrayal of lives. The House of Mirth gives two separate sides of knowledge pertaining to that of an intellectual working woman who was from the lower class society supporting herself; also known as the new woman, to the scandalous woman trying to save her spot on the higher classed social…show more content…
In the scene Tableau Vivant, the male character Seldon described the painting of Lily Bart as mesmerizing. The belief was that this portrait exposed the true identity of Lily Bart’s personality. Seldon objectified Lily in the sole perspective of appearance because Lily was pleasing to the eye. Seldon refused to see Lily’s flaws. The theory proposed by Fredickson and Roberts known as the objectification theory, describes the framework in which Seldon views Lily, however, it is pertinent to declare that not only men objectify women, but women objectify themselves. The objectification theory “focuses on behavioral and emotional response to their desire/need to meet Western cultural ideals of physical appearance and attractiveness.” (Daniel Bridges) This being said it is possible that society views women more on appearance, more than men not only because of male perspective, but because of women themselves. Daniel Bridges, Fredrickson and Roberts concluded that women find cognitive pleasure in being “evaluated on the basis of their appearance.” (Daniel

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