Strengths of Placidity & Weaknesses of Ardency
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This paper takes a look at the character traits of woman in New York in the 1870s, using the characters May Welland and Countess Ellen Olenska, from Edith Wharton's 'The Age of Innocence', in order to symbolize, as well as stipulate, the significant differences between what defined a strong woman as apposed to a weak woman in Old New York Society.
From the Paper:"Within our reading of 'The Age of Innocence', Edith Wharton gives us an opportunity to view the fickle composition of Old New York Society and the roles of women embodied within the society's opaque infrastructure, all stemming from her own experiences with the society in question. Wharton introduced May Welland and Countess Ellen Olenska in order to symbolize, as well as stipulate, the differences between what a strong woman, and what a weak woman, would be like in the Old New York Society of the 1870's. The novel contains many instances, in which, we can readily identify the strengths of May's character, as well as the weaknesses of Ellen's."
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