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  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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    Edith Wharton was the author of The Age of Innocence, a novel published in 1920. In the book, many topics were considered, such as divorce, the empowerment of women, and the lifestyle of the wealthy. The inspiration for these motifs occurred throughout her life. Although Edith Wharton’s work was not well-received, the topics included in her writings held many truths about upper-class society in the late 1800s; therefore, Edith Wharton was influenced by her past and societal experiences. Wharton received

  • Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence

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    Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence “As he entered the box his eyes met Miss Welland’s, and he saw that she had instantly understood his motive, though the family dignity which both considered so high a virtue would not permit her to tell him so. The persons of their world lived in an atmosphere of faint implications and pale delicacies, and the fact that he and she understood each other without a word seemed to the young man to bring them nearer than any explanation would have done.” (Wharton

  • Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence

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    Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.” These eternal words spoken in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather reflect the importance and prevalence of family allegiances. These allegiances transcend many different cultures, societies and environments. Every society has its own “Fredo”: the social outcast whose decisions make him or her the center of attention in society, and whose family allegiances complicate everything. We can see

  • Edith Warton's The Age of Innocence

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    The Stranger Within In Edith Warton’s novel, The Age of Innocence the main character Newland Archer has a complex personality that is filled with hidden desires and ideas; some of these ideas are controversial in the society that he lives in. The arrival of Ellen Olenska and the harsh realization of living in a boring society help expose these unseen traits. Newland Archer seemed like the typical wealthy New York bachelor. He took part in all of the proper etiquette that was expected of him

  • The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

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    Meaning." Meaning of Gardenias. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013. McDowell, Margaret . Edith Wharton . United States : Twayne Publishers , 1990. Print. Novels for Students. United States: Gale Research, 2001. Print. Wharton, Edith . The Age of Innocence. New York: Barnes & Noble , 2004. Print. "Women's Rights Movements." Women's Rights Movements. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2013.

  • Immortality and Myth in The Age of Innocence

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    Immortality and Myth in The Age of Innocence Edith Wharton’s books are considered, by some, merely popular fiction of her time. But we must be careful not to equate popularity with the value of the fiction; i.e., we must not assume that if her books are popular, they are also primitive. Compared to the works of her contemporary and friend, Henry James, whose books may seem complex and sometimes bewildering; Wharton’s The Age of Innocence appears to be a simplistic, gossipy commentary of New York

  • Society in The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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    Society in The Age of Innocence The Age of Innocence, written by Edith Wharton, is about the upper-class society of New York City in the 1870’s. The novel follows the life of an upper-class lawyer named Newland Archer. He is going to wed May Welland, who comes from another upper-class family. As the novel progresses Newland starts to become intrigued with May’s cousin, the poor Ellen Olenska. Ellen is called “poor” because she is shameful in the eyes of the society that surrounds her. Ellen

  • Conformity in Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence

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    time. In the Age of Innocence,Wharton emphasizes Olenska and Archer’s silences to identify and criticize the invisible evils that lurk within the hierarchy of “old New York” and reveal the rationalization of a pretentious and delusional society. 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

  • Love is Close at Hand: The Age of Innocence

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    Love is Close at Hand: The Age of Innocence November 1998, written for FILM 220: Aspects of Criticism. This is a 24-week course for second-year students, examining methods of critical analysis, interpretation and evaluation. The final assignment was simply to write a 1000-word critical essay on a film seen in class during the final six-weeks of the course. Students were expected to draw on concepts they had studied over the length of the course. INSTRUCTOR'S COMMENT: Brilliantly observed

  • May Welland Archer's The Age Of Innocence

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    The narrator is able to share how life in high New York society functions. More specifically, the narrator is able to reveal Newland Archer’s thoughts and emotions as he works through his internal struggle. -Irony- The book being called The Age of Innocence is ironic because the one who would be perceived as being most innocent, is not as naïve as believed. May Welland Archer grew up innocent and naïve and has never known passion until her husband introduces her to it. After Newland begins his