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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...
  • 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...
  • Age Of Innocence
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    It's New York City in the 1870's, a society ruled by expectations and propriety, where a hint of immorality can bring scandal and ruin. This is an America every bit as Victorian as her contemporary England. Into this world arrives Countess Ellen Olen ska (Michelle Pfeiffer), a woman who has spent much of her life in Europe and is now escaping from a disastrous marriage. Her initial adult meeting with Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is sedate - he is engaged to her cousin May (Winona Ryder) - b...
  • Their Advances On Dorinda And Mrs Sullen
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    The Beaux Stratagem: The Subject of Divorce The Beaux Stratagem is a play that places a pair of presentable yet impoverished London gentlemen, named Aimwell and Archer, in the English country inn at Lichfield. Due to the laws of this time Aimwell, as the younger son, has been denied his opportunity to share in the family fortune. His plan at the inn is to assume his older brothers identity and improve his chances of marrying a wealthy woman her fortune. His friend, Archer, has agreed to act as h...
  • 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...

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