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  • Isabel And Lily's Desire For Independence
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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 ...
  • Jacob And Lily
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    Mother Theresa "Lily sweetie, get up. You " re gonna be late, AGAIN!" Lily, an 18 year old living in the latter part of 21st century, awoke to her mother's piercing screams. Not really the most pleasant awakening, but she was quite used to it. She stretched out in her queen-sized feather bed, and looked out the window. Once again, a beautiful day, the sun was shining, the birds were chirping. Ah yes, life was perfect in her home town of Park Rapids. As she slowly climbed out of bed, her phone ra...
  • Just Meeting Tom And Lily
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    Most people are kind to strangers. For example, they might be willing to return a purse, or perhaps take two lost people into their home. Or, in some cases, you would keep a secret or something about the others' lifestyle, to yourself. All this is seen in the short story "Searching for Summer" by Joan Aiken. In this paper, I intend to prove to you that the above statements are true. In the story "Searching for Summer", two young people, Tom and Lily, are married. At this time, the sun was hidden...
  • Searching For Summer Tom And Lily
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    The Final Everyone in a story is bound to be a dynamic character for it to become more interesting. Samuel, Lily, and Tom were all filling this role as dynamic characters in these two stories. This essay of the stories Searching for Summer and A Son from America will be analyzed. They will first be explained in how Tom and Lily went to a Ms. Hatchings house, and also will speak of why Samuel went to America. The essay will explain the reasons for coming back and what some of their worries were a...
  • Lily's Beauty As A Commodity
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    Lily Bart, the central character in Edith Wharton's novel, The House of Mirth, was born into the fringes of high society in late nineteenth century New York. She developed a, 'lively taste for splendour'; (page 30) and a fear of, '; dinginess'; . (page 35). Everything within this social circle is measured in monetary value, people and things alike are treated as commodities. This is the only way of life Lily knows, and without the financial means to sustain herself, Lily is destined to be a vict...
  • Lily Bart And Brett Ashley
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    Society often paints a picture of helpless females, who must depend on men in order to survive. This stigma has influenced literature throughout the centuries, and can be seen very clearly in both Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. The main female characters in both novels function in a society where they need to manipulate men in order to survive. Both Lily Bart (The House of Mirth) and Lady Brett Ashley (The Sun Also Rises) are women trapped into a so...
  • Selden And Lily
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    Book I, Chapter 6 Lily and Selden are on a walk together, Lily having broken her second planned meeting with Percy Gryce in order to see Selden. The excuse she gave Gryce was that she had a headache that first prevented her from going to church and second from going on a walk with him. She instead convinces him to join the other guests and go to the Van Os burgh home in Peekskill. Selden tells Lily that he views everything she does as having been premeditated. She disagrees, saying she is impuls...
  • Their Money The Same As Lilys Mother
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    In the book, The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton, the characters are extremely interesting in how they choose to present themselves. There is one social group in which they are all rich upper class Americans, with an aura of snobbishness surrounding them. Then there is one woman who ran with this crowd and she did not quite fit into the label of a "snob", yet she was consumed with Veblens theory of "conspicuous consumption". That character was Lily Bart. Wharton portrays these characters to thi...
  • Rosie And Lily
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    The autobiography I read was Sleeping Arrangements, the childhood memoirs of Laura (Lily) Shaine Cunningham. I chose this person simply because I had never heard of her before. Everybody was doing a book on celebrities, and at first I wanted to do Audrey Hepburn. I love her films; I have even already read a biography on her. But many other people were doing their biographies on her, and I realized that if I could find a book by a person who has led a typical childhood I would be different. By fi...
  • Lily's Social Life
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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 ...

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