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  • The Decoration of Houses

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    major work, The Decoration of Houses, she states that “the impression produced by a landscape, a street or a house should always, to the novelist, be an event in the history of the soul” (qtd. in Falk 23). Later in her Pulitzer-winning novel The Age of Innocence, Wharton uses her knowledge and love of architecture to develop her characters, as she had previously deemed important. Thus, she takes style of houses, their design, and their European or American identification into consideration and depicts

  • Sense of Innocence, Sensibility of Reality, Masks of Society

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    Both Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence and Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility deal with expectations in society with respect to relationships and suitable decorum. Both texts are especially concerned with the women during the time and how they should appear and behave in society. Although the two societies are exceedingly different, they still have similar strict codes. Society causes women to struggle between desires and opinions, and to find a balance between reason and emotion. Each character

  • Foucault and Wharton: Being Watched

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    and take care of themselves appropriately just on the fact that they think they are being watched. "In appearance, [panopticism] is merely the solution of a technical problem; but, through it, a whole type of society emerges" (Foucault). The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton portrays a society that functions much like the Panopticon. Newland Archer and his fellow New Yorkers are part of a very close knit group of people. Everyone knows what everyone else's business and the gossip that surrounds them

  • Edith Wharton

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    in her novel The Age of Innocence she writes, “Newland Archer prided himse... ... middle of paper ... ...053&it=r&p=LitRC&sw=w>. Johnson, Doug, and Phoebe Zimmermann. "Edith Wharton, 1862-1937: Wrote Novels of the Young and Innocent in a Dishonest World." voanews.com. Voice of America, 2007. 15 Feb 2012. . Lewis, R.W.B. “A Writer of Short Stories.” Edith Wharton. Ed. Harold Bloom. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1986. Naipaul, V. S. "A review of 'Of Age and Innocence'." New Statesman

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    In the Age of Innocence Newland Archer, a young lawyer has gotten married to what he perceives to be an innocent wife. As the years progresses, he realizes he wants to be with the exotic Ellen Olenska who does not follow the standard New York upper social standards and happens to be the cousin of May. Newland is split between these two women for 3 years until May gives him a choice for her or Ellen and he has to pick May because she is pregnant. At first, Newland believed that May was truly innocent

  • intro to lit

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    include novels, short stories, and travel essays. Her ironic and satiric sense of style remains memorable in American literature, as does she. Wharton inspiringly became the first woman to be awarded with the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, The Age of Innocence in 1921. Many of her works are still in print today (Merriman, 2007). Edith Wharton was born on January 24, 1962 in New York City as Edith Newbold Jones (Bloom, 1988, p.4213). Her parents, George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Rhinelander, were

  • The American-European Culture Issues in Fitzgerald, Wharton, Faulkner and Hurston

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    Hurston In both F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night and Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, the relationship between American culture and European culture is explored. By focusing on rocky relationships and love triangles, both authors are able to study the allegories of American and European life, and their effect on young lovers and their families. Although Tender is the Night and The Age of Innocence take place largely on separate continents, the ideas of human desire, aging and privilege

  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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    The Age of Innocence Social classes have been imbedded into society ever since the establishment of a hierarchy. In The Age of Innocence written by Edith Wharton, Archer is a prime example of emptiness due to the injustice of the social class. Humanity becomes shallow when one focuses on material possessions to determine value or popularity. In The Age of Innocence, the author explores the life of high society in the early Victorian-Era New York. The upper class view themselves as more important

  • Age Of Innocence Theme Essay

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    Wharton’s novel, The Age of Innocence, is the personal struggle between the characters and society. In an era as, which Mark Twain called it, the ‘Gilded Age’, to the naked eye, society seemed perfect, but behind closed doors, there were guilty secrets. In the novel The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, she alludes to the struggle of each character in this story due to the societal structure of the ‘Gilded Age’, inwardly fighting against what is societally acceptable. The Age of Innocence, written by Edith

  • Gender Inequality In The Age Of Innocence

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    insights that changes their way of life or thinking. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, takes place in Upper Class New York in the Victorian era. The novel revolves around Archer Newland and his struggle as he falls in love with a women shunned by the society despite already being engaged to another. As Archer tries to make sense of what his life has become, readers are able to experience the reality of being in the upper class. The Age of Innocence is a good book because it teaches important insights