The House of Mirth

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    throughout high school my English teachers would assign us to read a variety of novels and passages with the theme pertaining to distress or love. This made me become more familiar of pieces of literature like Jane Eyre from Charlotte Bronte, The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton and poems like What thing is love from George Peele. Each of their styles of writing were different, but despite their prominent differences I also began to realize their similarities the more that I was exposed to them.…

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    Modern Day Trifles

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    Bart in House of Mirth. Lily Bart is ahead of her time as a character. She is not interested in settling down with a man for purley social advancement. She understands the unprincipled society she was born into and attempts to not fall into their poisonous games. Lily Bart’s failure…

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    The Good Soldier Analysis

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    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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    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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    Edith Wharton Book Report

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    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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    Lily's Tragic Flaw

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    The novel The House of Mirth written by Edith Wharton follows the tragic story of main character Lily Bart. The novel focuses on this upper class group in society and Lily's constant struggle and ultimate failure to keep her place in this group. Her decisions causes her social decline, ending ultimately with her death. Lily’s story follows the classic structure of a tragedy, most importantly including a tragic flaw and a great deal of suffering. After carefully analyzing Lily, it is clear that…

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    has had. The maltreatment of women affects females in their day to day lives, since long ago, and still in present day. Characters from The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, The Awakening by Kate Chopin, and ‘Proem’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, will reveal how the oppression of women can affect people's lives in a negative way. In the text The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton, the protagonist, Lily Bart, is oppressed by society because she is a female. Lily needs to get married to become more…

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    Edith Wharton led one of the most privileged lives of any major American novelists. She lived free of money worries because of inherited income. She had houses in rich areas, passions for gardens and interior decoration, toured Europe in cars and yachts, and despised second-class hotels (Franzen). Wharton lived a high profile life unlike any other authors, a comfortable life that most people today want to live. She came from a long line of important names in the American, specifically the New…

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    Joy Harjo Analysis

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    Leslie Marmon Silko and Joy Harjo are both female Native American writers. Each of the authors’ works contain reoccurring themes, but their styles of writing differ greatly. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a dream as “joy, pleasure, gladness; mirth, rejoicing, jubilation; an instance of this,” (Oxford English Dictionary). For Harjo, the dream world is very real and she even experiences living in it. Joy Harjo is a poet, while Leslie Marmon Silko writes mainly short stories. Harjo’s…

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    The question I have chosen to examine within this essay is ‘Do you agree that, although the women writers studied on this module flirted with rebellion, their narratives finally endured the virtues of conformity’. Within the Women in American Literature module, the majority of the female authors was equal right campaigners or women who was raised to be as independent or more, then the opposite sex. For example the author, Edith Wharton. “Women of Wharton’s class and education often had an…

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