However, he skillfully edits it to heighten its power as a piece of theater. As pianist Yan Li plays the pensive opening notes of the incidental score by Mark Bennett, an Older Gentleman of the s enters. At the Academy of Music — which is the preeminent place to see an opera, as the Metropolitan on 39th Street is still under construction — an older woman, Mrs.
Excerpt from Term Paper: Edith Wharton's 'The Age of Innocence' The Age of Innocence is an enchanting Victorian era novel that eloquently illustrates the price of being among New York's high society the late nineteenth century. The novel's main characters are Newland Archer, a high society attorney, his fiance May Welland, and her cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska.
Archer is captivated by May's girl-like innocence and her firm grasp on their society's traditions. Their families are among New York City's social elite, and their marriage is a profitable one from both sides.
The arrival of May's bohemian cousin, Countess Olenska, shakes their society and threatens to spark their engagement with controversy.
Free Essay: Society in The Age of Innocence The Age of Innocence, written by Edith Wharton, is about the upper-class society of New York City in the ’s. By the time Edith Wharton wrote The Age of Innocence, she had seen World War I destroy much of the world as she knew it. She looked back on her early years in New York as a time of social continuity, and felt that the passing of values from parent to child had a civilizing influence. Wharton's New York society rigidly enforces the social. Likewise, in ‘The Age of Innocence’ we get an overview of New York society whilst the focus remains throughout on one particular character, Newland Archer and it is through his ‘lens of consciousness’ that we view society.
Archer, on behalf of his in-laws, announces his engagement to May in order to draw attention away from Countess Olenska, in an attempt to prevent scandal. It is here that Archer sets himself up as Olenska's defender - a role he fulfills both reluctantly and dutifully throughout most of the book.
In the beginning of the novel, when Archer's sister Janey begins gossiping about Countess Olenska's scandalous evening at a commoner's house, Archer replies: I'm not her keeper.
He halfheartedly continues to take interest in the Countess, as he does not desire to mar his social standing by marrying into a family with a looming divorce.
Divorce, in the upper echelons of New York society, is considered damning. After Archer advises Countess Olenska against divorce, the van der Luydens, New York's most influential familyattempt to bring her forward in their society.
The more Archer becomes involved with Olenska, the harder he finds it to escape her. Eventually, he realizes that he is drawn to Ellen Olenska not because of her need for guidance, but for her passion and slant view of life. Unfortunately, both Archer and Ellen know that they must never marry or be united in any manner.
Ellen decides that the only way they can truly love one another is to give each other up. Persuaded by societal pressures and family honor, Archer marries May despite his love for Ellen. Archer and Ellen continue to see one another after his marriage. However, his dreams of living a passionate life with Ellen fall away.
They are deeply in love with one another, but decide not to pursue their feelings out of respect for May and societal obligation. Even after May's death, Archer chooses not to see Ellen.
The characters May Welland and Ellen Olenska are very different from one another. May is domesticated and sensible. She is the ideal wife for a proper man in New York at this time.
May embodies old worldly sensibilities. Archer has the 'upper hand' when it comes to his relationship with May. She is controllable and respectful.
For example, Archer did not consider May conscious of the fact that she was, in any way, his equal. Although he fantasizes about intellectually liberating May while they are engaged, after their marriage he sees no potential for her intellectual growth.
There was no use in trying to emancipate a wife who had not the dimmest notion that that she was not free. From Archer's point-of-view, May is unwaveringly and unusually childlike.
She doesn't want to know the reality around her, and prefers to be protected from it.
Jun 08, · Whoever accused Edith Wharton of writing The Age of Innocence without a “strong male character” is not entirely right. To be sure, the main character, Newland Archer, is not one of them, however, there are a few men in the story that I view as particularly arrogant and self-assured. May 01, · Helen Cespedes and Andrew Veenstra in "The Age of Innocence." Playwright Douglas McGrath has been faithful to the book that chronicles the upper crust of New York society in the ’s. He homes in on the essential themes of the book such as family honor, the harshness and strictness of high society’s social code, the self-perpetuating. The Scorsese Experience: The Age of Innocence. Posted By Sam "Burgundy Suit" Scott on September After all, if there’s a theme that’s as important to Scorsese as manhood, it would have to be self-denial, of the life that bursts out in all directions but can’t quite penetrate the outer skin. a lawyer and society scion in the.
While in many ways, her character can be construed as being both manipulative and calculating. Archer occasionally infers that May might be more aware of the world around her than he had anticipated.
After their marriage, her thoughts and actions become more transparent. A year and a half after their marriage, Archer again has contact with Ellen. May becomes a fervent opponent of her cousin Ellen, disregarding her prior loyalties.
Before they can consummate their love affair, May strategically reveals to Ellen, prior medically confirming it, that she is pregnant with Archer's first child.The Age of Innocence is a love story, and a minute dissection of old New York society in the s.
Its brilliant anatomization of the snobbery and hypocrisy of this wealthy elite made it an instant classic, and it won the Pulitzer Prize in Edith Wharton, "Part 1, Chapter 9," The Age of Innocence, Lit2Go Edition, (), accessed The atmosphere of the room was so different from any he had ever breathed that self–consciousness vanished in the sense of adventure.
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The Age of Innocence is a American historical romantic drama film directed by Martin Scorsese. At first she is ostracized by society and vicious rumors are spread, but, as May's family boldly stands by the Countess, she is gradually accepted by the very finest of New York's old families.
and sense of self. After the Countess. Sep 20, · "The Age of Innocence," adapted for the stage by Douglas McGrath from Edith Wharton's Pulitzer-winning novel, plays at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton until Oct.
7. Age of Innocence critics. STUDY. PLAY. The - society in Wharton's ghost stories 'she was interested in the double, the other who is the dark side of the self' Rejection from society as death.
Candace Waid - 'rigidly ritualised and moribund society' individual vs collective - need for society. By the time Edith Wharton wrote The Age of Innocence, she had seen World War I destroy much of the world as she knew it.
She looked back on her early years in New York as a time of social continuity, and felt that the passing of values from parent to child had a civilizing influence.
Wharton's New York society rigidly enforces the social.