Setting in "House of Mirth" Analytical Essay by Neatwriter

Setting in "House of Mirth"
An examination of how setting impacts Lily in Edith Wharton's "The House of Mirth".
# 61818 | 841 words | 1 source | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2005 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that setting is a very important tool in a novel and that Wharton uses Lily's surroundings to emphasize the importance of self-worth apart from material gain and social status. The novel's setting impacts Lily in two ways - her life is shaped by the society that she was born into; and Lily's character can be seen in her physical surroundings.

From the Paper:

"In The House of Mirth, we see how settings can be used as instruments to help us understand characters. With Lily, we learn that how we view our settings may very well guide our destiny. By the end of the novel, Lily learns that happiness means more than marrying into money. She also realizes that one's surroundings do not always provide warmth in a home. Instead, what one learns to love and appreciate about one's own life proves the most powerful setting. In short, Lily's frame of mind was her most influential and damaging setting and, once she realized this, she was free."

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