• Portrait Of A Lady Lily Isabel Osmond
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    Henry James, book report Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth examine the societal constraints of their female protagonists, and the limited possibilities open to them in the midst of wealthy society. Isabel Archer and Lily Bart are victims of a rigid society in which the independent lifestyle they desire is only acceptable for women who are either 'unmarriageable' or exceedingly wealthy. Despite this commonality, the two characters differ greatly in terms ...
  • Tea Cake Janie Lily Hurston
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    The role of the female in male dominated societies is a prevalent theme in American literature and has been explored by countless authors. Edith Wharton, in The House of Mirth, and Zora Neale Hurston, in Their Eyes Were Watching God, are just two of the many who examine this issue in their literary works. Although the novels were published over thirty years apart, and speak of women of distinct cultures and societies, each author uses her novel to make a social commentary on the effects of the s...
  • The House Of Mirth
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    The House of Mirth The House of Mirth is a movie that takes place in the early 20 th century or better known as la belle 'epoque. In this time period it was all about acceptable behavior, money, fashion and beauty. In the movie, a young woman named Lily Bart had the choice of marry to a wealthy man and have a better place in the upper class society or marry for love and lose her place in society. First, in this time period behavior for women was stricter and the rules were more demanding than to...
  • The House Of Mirth And Daisy Miller
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    Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth" mainly describes the need of a woman to be married to a wealthy man and how she attempts to find the most appropriate suitor. "The House of Mirth" also observes the tedious physical and mental decline of a young woman who, because of her own weakness and indecisiveness, falls from social distinction into poverty and griminess. The story presents a cruel measure of reality and ends quite sadly. Instead of marrying and living happily, Lily weakens slowly and co...
  • The House Of Mirth
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    In the 1900's, women were faced with many obstacles to overcome. From the outside, it seemed that women had the easy life. All they were expected to do was to marry, cook, clean, bear and raise children, etc. However, before and after marriage, they were faced with many difficult decisions. One of the most important decisions was who to marry. Society expected that women would marry for money because that would be the only way that they would be able to live an upper class life since it was not...