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    Most Famous First Ladies

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    to drop into obscurity. Two of the most famous first ladies are Eleanor Roosevelt and Jacqueline Kennedy, who made major waves in their respective political and social spheres; however, before these two first ladies made their impact, their predecessors paved the way for future first ladies’ progress. Before Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt’s reform campaigns, Lou Hoover pushed for feminist propaganda by delivering speeches on national radio. Almost 175 years before Mrs. Kennedy, Elizabeth Monroe enchanted…

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    Their purpose: entertain the men. The novel, The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton, contains several characters which represent the women of this time period well; one being Miss Lily Bart. Lily clearly understands her role of a woman. “Who wants a dingy woman? We are expected to be pretty and well-dressed till we drop- and if we can’t keep it up alone, we have to go into partnership” (Wharton 8). Lily feels that she is trapped in the position she is in. Young women were under much pressure to…

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    Ethan Frome, a fiction novel written by Edith Wharton relies on the setting of Starkfield, Massachusets to shape its inhabitants’ lives, their behaviors, and decisions. Starkfield provides a cold, lonely, and dark, isolated atmosphere, allowing Wharton to portray the characters in the novel as miserable and feeling trapped. The characters’ lives become unwanted, broken records similar to the continuous and never changing setting and climate of Starkfield. The use of imagery illustrated in the…

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    René Descartes once stated that “common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.” This quotation implies that there is a lot of wisdom or common knowledge to go around in the world, in order make a sound judgment; ironically it doesn 't always materialize, just as in the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. The main protagonist in this novel is Ethan Frome. He renders the impression of a man to be pitied because faith…

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    Edith Wharton Book Report

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    Biography Edith Wharton was born in to a society of aristocrats who accurately represented “old” New York; her family was wealthy, intellectual, and rigidly conventional (Bruce). She was educated by tutors and governesses about proper manners, dress, and lifestyle. She was expected to excel in her aristocratic society and was not allowed to read literature—a rule that she broke frequently by obtaining classics from her father’s bookshelves. Her childhood ended with her father’s death in March…

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    Ethan Frome Quotes

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    “An interesting example of a s successful New England story written by someone who knew nothing of New England!” This quote was said by a critic who has read the novel “Ethan Frome.” The novel contains the aspects of love, hatred, and poverty throughout the novel. “Ethan Frome” was written by Edith Wharton and was written to practice the work of realism. Edith Wharton makes this novel as real as it could possibly get with the love affair between Ethan Frome and Mattie Silver, the hatred…

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    A Failed Marriage Marriage values have drastically changed between the time of the first airmail flight to the election of the first African American president. Along with values, statics have also seen an increase in divorces and rights available to women which revolutionized the role of women at home. Although some may see marriage as a mutual relationship, many would see it as a prison. Many problems arise from the incompatibility of the significant others and is usually fueled by their…

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    Everyone at some point of their lives has gone through situations where they find themselves continuously keeping certain things like: thoughts, their own needs, or even happiness in complete confinement. This is either for the sake of their own morals, selflessness for others own needs, or even just out of fear from what they want or desire being wrong. Edith Wharton once said, “The worst of doing one 's duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else,” which means that doing…

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    The book titled ‘Age of Innocence’, by Edith Wharton, is set during the late 1800s in New York after the First World War. This era was one of rapid change, which was a good catalyst in shaping the direction of the novel. It was a time of social distinction, emerging rich industrialist, new money and fashion excess. Wharton uses Newland as the limited-omniscient third person as he is the very expression of what the society of the day represents. He is well bred, understands and respects his role…

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    Changing society in any way takes intellectual curiosity and immense bravery. Sadly, these characteristics were not all too admired during the Gilded Age. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton features characters that contrast with the constricting ideas of this period and embrace the boldness of the heart and the head (up to a point). Although it was a time in American history where a lucky few flourished, this era lacked depth especially where its values were concerned and Wharton’s prose…

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