Ellen Olenska In The Age Of The Innocence

The same as the setting for the Maggie’s story, the protagonists, Ellen and Archer, in The Age of the Innocence are living between the two cultures.
Ellen is a supporter for the new culture. With the appearance of Ellen Olenska in the novel, it deeply brands with the mark of an unusual lady. “With brown hair growing in close curls about her temples and held in place by a narrow band of diamonds. The suggestions of this headdress, which gave her what was then called a ‘Josephine look’, was carried out in the cut of the dark blue velvet gown rather theatrically caught up under her bosom by a girdle with a large old-fashioned clasp (8)”. Suffered by an unhappy marriage she went back from Europe and planed to find support from relatives to get rid of marriage bond.
At first, she acts against her ought self without consciousness. Ellen not only dresses herself in a different style but also behaves in accordance with her inner thoughts. At the
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The picture of crowded slum residents and noisy voice is full of life at once. Children cannot be taken care of by their parents and are afraid of their parents’ fighting. They are beaten by their drunken parents. This is the circumstance where Maggie lives. People who live in the slums are terrible, no education, no civilization and degraded life. In Maggie: A Girl of the Street, the essence of life is fighting. People struggle at the breadline. They are tired of running around to eat. They are badly off, suffering greatly from the spiritual depression. The only way to free themselves is to excessive drink and fight. They are tough, ignorant and backward, even brutal. During the course of observing life, Crane knows that the real life is sordid, grim and ugly. People and environment are interactive. People are not only the conduction of the adverse environment, but also the victim of the adverse environment. Of course, they cannot realize this point. They never know this point,

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