The House of Mirth

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  • Sexism In The House Of Mirth, By Edith Wharton

    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…

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  • Gilded Age In Edith Wharton's The House Of Mirth

    delve into the work of art known as The House of Mirth and examine the main character, Lily Bart. By explaining some of the literary allusions that are found in this book I hope to give others a deeper look into the story. The Gilded Age was known as a time of great breakthrough and discovery. However, despite its glorious appearance, the nation was struggling with corruption and greed. I believe this is the backbone of Edith Wharton's book, The House of Mirth. She created a unique story…

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  • Comparing House Of Mirth And Light In August

    relationship or identity. The characters in the novels that were read in the course were also in search for something. What that the characters longed most for was their identity. The two novels that best exemplify the search for identity are The House of Mirth and Light in August. In these novels each of the leading characters were uncertain of who they were supposed to be. The people around them told them who to be to fit the societal mold. Although both stories are very distinct and were…

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  • The Overdose In Edith Wharton's The House Of Mirth

    Throughout The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton leaves several parts open for reader’s imaginations to run wild with thought. In the end of her novel, there is no mistake on what caused Lily Bart’s death; an overdose of a sleeping drug. However, nearly 100 years after being published, readers who dip into the historical tragedy still find themselves debating if the overdose was intentional. An individual’s take on Wharton’s tragic ending is a product of their culture, upbringing, education,…

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  • Lily Barth In Edith Wharton's House Of Mirth

    In the novel House of Mirth, written by Edith Wharton, one can argue many different perspectives about the character of Lily Barth. Many will argue that she was a beauty who only wanted to have a nice life, like those she surrounded herself with. Others will say that she was a girl who wanted to have it all but due to lack of a proper upbringing she was never guided the right way. However the novel is best described as a series of ups and downs, for the character of Lily Bart. She wanted to have…

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  • Importance Of The Upper Class In The House Of Mirth, By Edith Wharton

    and lower class were more prominent than other era in American history. While the lower class strives to attain the American Dream, the wealthy are immersed in luxurious amenities that blindside them to the societal issues around them. In The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton, Lily Bart is depicted as a fledgling socialite seeking to enter the upper echelons of the Gilded Age. However, her moral standards unfortunately restrain her ability to secure a more prominent social standing. Initially…

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  • Social Class In Edith Wharton's House Of Mirth

    In the early chapters of Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, the author shows the role of money in defining the economic class of New Yorkers in the late Victorian Era. However, when I first started reading the middle Chapters 8-15, I particularly thought about how money in that environment also defined her characters’ social class, and the calculated risks some characters took to boost their social rank. In writing this period piece, Edith Wharton focuses on those who aspired to be at the top of…

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  • The Good Soldier Analysis

    The House of Mirth and The Good Soldier have different techniques that engage the reader in the story. Both novels discuss topics such as adultery and manipulation which were highly touchy subjects in their time period. These “scandalize” themes in these two novels holds the reader's attention but, the writing techniques the two authors use make the novel more interesting. The House of Mirth uses a more traditional way of writing while the The Good Soldier uses unordarthox writing style. The…

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  • Edith Wharton Book Report

    In 1905, Wharton published The House of Mirth, the novel that marked the beginning of her career as a professional writer. She then went on to publish works that did not reflect the reality of the aristocrat’s class, such as Madame de Treymes and The Fruit of the Tree, which concerned travel matters. In 1910, she published a collection of chilling ghost stories titled Tales of Men and Ghosts (1910). Despite Wharton’s success with The House of Mirth, her establishment in the literary field…

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  • Similarities Between The House And Breakfast At Tiffany's

    Introduction: Set in the 1890's in New York City, Edith Wharton's novel, The House of Mirth demonstrates the characters', specifically the women's' desire to gain freedom, safety and independence in New York city where "the rich got much richer, and the poor got much poorer". As Wharton herself said "Decidedly, I’m a better landscape gardener than novelist," therefore using the imagery of houses to not only illustrate the themes of freedom, safety and independence, but also to give the reader a…

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