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    The House of Mirth

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    Lily Bart lived in the upper part of New York society. She loves nice things and extravagance. However, throughout the House of Mirth Lily plays a game. She wants to be virtuous, stay in the social circle, and have the money to keep up with the demands of her so called friends. She involves herself so much into the social life she loses all chance of gaining her riches virtuously or through true love. She misses her chances inevitably: from Percy to her dear aunt to her indecisiveness of men and

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    The House of Mirth

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    The House of Mirth Lily and Selden are on a walk together, Lily having broken her second planned meeting with Percy Gryce in order to see Selden. The excuse she gave Gryce was that she had a headache that first prevented her from going to church and second from going on a walk with him. She instead convinces him to join the other guests and go to the Van Osburgh home in Peekskill. Selden tells Lily that he views everything she does as having been premeditated. She disagrees, saying she is

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    Naturalism in The House of Mirth

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    Naturalism in The House of Mirth Challenging the strict deterministic confines of literary naturalism, which hold that "the human being is merely one phenomenon in a universe of material phenomena" (Gerard 418), Edith Wharton creates in The House of Mirth a novel which irrefutably presents the human creature as being subject to a naturalistic fate but which conveys a looming sense of hope that one may triumph over environment and circumstance if one possesses a certain strength of will or a

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    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

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    Hands, Social Structures, and Female Fragility in The House of Mirth Human hands are unfailingly present in everyday human life and art, either visual or literary. Despite the prominent presence of hands, hands are seldom noticed or appreciated in any walk of life; accordingly, literary analysis sweeps the mentions of hands under the rug. One writer, Sonoko Toyda, even connects hands to symbolize the very heart of a female and the head of a man (XI). Authors often write fictional woman

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    House Of Mirth Analysis

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    1) What is the symbolic value of money in the novel? In the House of Mirth, there are many symbols, a larger one being money. Money is represented and symbolized as the “leader of society”, the one responsible that governs all women., and also the evil force driving people into certain beliefs or thoughts. Many examples of this are shown throughout the book, especially when various rumors are spread around by Bertha. Bertha is the prime instigator of these rumors, as she is incredibly wealthy. This

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    Lily's House Of Mirth

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    The tableaux vivants scene in Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth is pivotal to the understanding of Lily Bart as a character. The passage not only highlights her precarious state in high-society, but it also contains one of the only instances where Lily feels truly comfortable and confident. Over the course of the description of Lily’s staging of her own tableaux, she goes from being a piece of art on display, to an artist carefully working to exhibit her own beauty. However, the contradictory reception

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    Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth serves as a strict model of etiquette for high society in the Gilded Age. It teaches one the intricate art of keeping up appearances and assimilating into the fickle leisure class. At the same time, the novel’s underlying purpose is to subtly critique this social order. Lily Bart’s perpetual, although often reluctant quest for financial stability and mass approval is a vehicle for demonstrating the numerous absurdities and

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    The novels Persuasion and House of Mirth shared many common themes. Both families in each novel had challenges that they had to face. These challenges were mainly within their social class. No matter when in time or where in place, somehow you are left with thinking whether or not you are good enough for someone or if someone is good enough for you based on where your ranked on the social class ladder. Both novels share a way of identifying people by their wealth. Both of which result in negative

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    House of Mirth - The Nature of Nature

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    House of Mirth  - The Nature of Nature Nature, whether in the form of the arctic tundra of the North Pole or the busy street-life of Manhattan, was viewed by Naturalist writers as a phenomena which necessarily challenged individual survival; a phenomena, moreover, which operated on Darwin's maxim of the "survival of the fittest." This contrasted sharply with the Romantic view, which worshipped Nature for its beauty, beneficence and self-liberating powers. In Edith Wharton's The House of

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