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  • Family Allegiance in Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence

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    Family Allegiance in Edit Wharton's The Age of Innocence It is a cliché to say that a picture is worth a thousand words. But I will state it anyway: a picture can truly be worth a thousand words. Therefore, any frame that contains the picture and alters the interpretation or viewing of the picture also affects these thousand words. This analogy pertains to the wide world of literature, in which certain frames can affect our perceptions of women and gender-related roles within families, marriages

  • "The Age of Innocence" - Women's Struggle With Victorian Dogma

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    Unlike Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Kästner’s Fabian, Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize winning work, The Age of Innocence (1920) is not set after World War I. In fact, her work is set prior to it at the turn of the century. She describes Old New York from late 19th and early 20th century in great detail, “New York society and customs…are described with an accuracy that is almost uncanny: to read these pages is to live again.” She also looks at the upper class, instead of middle and lower class

  • Essay on Themes of The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome

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    The Underlying Themes of The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome Two of Edith Wharton’s greatest novels, The Age of Innocence and Ethan Frome can be seen to have similarities in the situations the characters go through and themes that are used.  Each of these novels has it’s own themes and traits that makes it great, but after examining each novel it is evident thatthere are underlying themes that link the two stories together.  Perhaps the most obvious  is the weakness that both Ethan Frome and

  • Social Traditions in Medea, The Piano, and The Age of Innocence

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    Traditions in Medea, The Piano, and The Age of Innocence Traditions demonstrate a set of social norms that have been followed and adapted to for an elongated amount of time. In each of the plots, Medea, The Piano, and The Age of Innocence, the standard set by society was broken and the consequences imposed took form in varying degrees and shapes of violence. Whether it was outright murder as in Medea, or a more subtle but intense struggle as in The Age of Innocence, these consequences serve as the community's

  • The Personalities of May and Ellen Illustrated in the Novel The Age of Innocence

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    In the novel, “The Age of Innocence” two of the main characters come to be introduced in the first chapter where they are seen at the Opera house. Newland Archer, a well respected lawyer of New York looks across from his box seat to see his newly engaged fiancée May Welland. Sitting next to her, he sees May’s mother and aunt. Next to them he sees a woman who is familiar to him-she is May’s cousin, Ellen Olenska. These two women play important roles throughout the whole novel. There are two different

  • Henry James' Daisy Miller and Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence

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    Both Daisy Miller by Henry James and The Age of Innocence, based on the novel by Edith Wharton are either social commentaries or love stories set in corrupt society. The male leads, Newland Archer and Winterbourne, help to show, assuming the goal is commentary, the dishonest and frivolous nature of society. Newland and Winterbourne’s stories and characters run on corresponding motives, as they are the offspring of that society. Each character has an affair. Winterbourne’s is subtle, presented

  • Edith Wharton

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    money banking, real estate, and shipping. She has two brothers, Frederic Rhinelander and Henry Edward. The family moved to Spain for about a year and then moved to Pairs. Summer of 1870, they moved to Germany, and there Edith got typhoid fever. At age ten, she moved back to Manhattan. She was taught by a governess and also taught herself by reading her father’s library. In 1885, she married Edward Robbins Wharton. She was twenty three and he was tweleve years older than her. He was a wealthy banker

  • Final Essay

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    In both Washington Square, by Henry James, and Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton, the theme of duty is present. They both deal with the correlation between one’s sense of duty and the freedom that characters secretly crave. In them, this duty is intertwined with family and marriage. They also both have endings in which the main characters follow their duty and ultimately reject the freedom they once sought. Catherine rejects Morris at the end of Washington Square, even after Dr. Sloper is no longer

  • Culture Prevails

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    In The Age of Innocence, Wharton makes significant commentary criticizing the society of New York. Society plays a major role in the lives of the novel's characters. Most people, in the New York society Wharton portrays, believe they have a duty to follow the rules and conventions upheld by its members. Wharton shows society to be caught up in hypocrisy and unable to face reality. The old New York culture pervades the lives of the individuals in the story and few are able to take their lives

  • Wharton's Love Life

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    If it was not for Wharton’s not so content marriage then her writing would not have been what it is now, so realistic and a way of changing one’s point of view. Throughout her childhood she lived mostly abroad and mainly in Italy and France. She was born in New York to a wealthy family and in the later years her rushed marriage came along. Various critics do say that much of her writing came from her own experience. Many will dispute that she was a remarkable novelist. Wharton was an inspiring writer