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  • Divorce Newland Archer
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    The truth that lies behind fantasies The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton is a book that gave the word "love" many other meanings, such as impossible, meaningless and incomplete. There were many unbearable obstacles that Countess Ellen Olenska, one of the main characters, had to face because of love. She was treated badly by many people and always longed for love but never obtained it. With everyone cursing her, betraying her and hurting her, there was one person who was always there for her. N...
  • Countess Ellen Olenska As A Muse
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    Ellen Olenska as a Mythological Muse in The Age of Innocence Long ago in ancient Greece, mythology was used to explain our world, our lives, and most importantly, our interpersonal relationships. Still today Greek mythology is infused into the literature of almost every influential and lasting author, one of the more effective authors being Edith Wharton, author of The Age of Innocence. The relationship between Newland Archer and Madame Ellen Olenska, two protagonists in Wharton's novel, is an e...
  • Unchallenged Rule Of Social Order
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    Social Order Versus Personal Fulfillment In the regal, and superficial high-class New York world presented in The Age of Innocence there is one particular, unchallenged rule of social order. This rule of complete social grace has been, instead of branded in stone, been impounded deeply in the minds of every generation raised under the canopy of money and fashion. The desire for etiquette is so overwhelming that it manages to suppress the simple human yearnings for personal fulfillment, otherwise...
  • Newland S Opinion Of Ellen
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    Summary and Analysis of Chapters 1-5 Chapter One Summary: The play opens at the opera. Newland Archer enters his opera box and looks out across the theater to see his girlfriend, May Welland, touch the lilies he had given her. While dreaming of their future together, his thoughts are interrupted by gasps from the gentlemen sitting with him. They are whispering about a fashionably dressed woman who has just sat down in the box with May. Sillerton Jackson gasps, "I did not think they would have tr...
  • Newland Archer And May Welland Archer
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    The Significance of The Unsaid in The Age of Innocence "As he entered the box his eyes met Miss Welland's, and he saw that she had instantly understood his motive, though the family dignity which both considered so high a virtue would not permit her to tell him so. The persons of their world lived in an atmosphere of faint implications and pale delicacies, and the fact that he and she understood each other without a word seemed to the young man to bring them nearer than any explanation would hav...
  • Character Of Newland Archer
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    The Age of Innocence The Stranger Within #4 Discuss and analyze the character of Newland Archer. In Edith Warton's novel, The Age of Innocence the main character Newland Archer has a complex personality that is filled with hidden desires and ideas; some of these ideas are controversial in the society that he lives in. The arrival of Ellen Olen ska and the harsh realization of living in a boring society help expose these unseen traits. Newland Archer seemed like the typical wealthy New York bache...
  • Ellen And Dallas
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    It is the arrival of May's cousin, Ellen Olen ska, that hastens Newland to announce his engagement. Ellen has returned from Europe where she was married to a cruel, abusive, and powerful man. She has brought with her what was then considered a horrible scandal. Ellen is a serious woman who is slight with dark features. She has an a uro around her that makes her very intriguing, especially to men. The plot unfolds as Newland finds himself drawn to the mysterious Ellen who bears a tragic history. ...

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