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Thursday, April 25

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Sunday, June 10

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Thursday, August 25

  1. msg The Age of Innocence: discussion questions message posted The Age of Innocence: discussion questions (By Maria Valles) Question 2: Examine the contrast between old and new that is developed thro…
    The Age of Innocence: discussion questions
    (By Maria Valles)

    Question 2:
    Examine the contrast between old and new that is developed throughout the novel. Who and what represent the old, and who and what represent the new? How do they play against each other in New York City society? Which – if either – does Wharton seem to admire more? Feel free to draw connections between The Age of Innocence and any of our texts from last year in your response (you are not required to do so, however).
    Edith Wharton in The Age of Innocence develops a contrast between “old” and “new” throughout the novel. The old is firstly represented through the New York City structure. The society supports a series of values and social conduct that is obeyed and accepted by the people. As stated in the novel, “New York City is a very small world compared with the one you lived in. and its ruled, in spite of appearances, by a few people with-well, rather old-fashioned ideas” (91). The people themselves recognize that New York City is put together by old values; however nobody seems to complain or attempt to change the society they live in. Everyone’s lives follow a daily structure and tradition that has been laid out for them for generations on end. An example of this is the Opera nights followed by the Beaufort’s ball, or the Welland’s seasonal vacations in Newport. All that New Yorkers lived for, was pleasing their own people and living up to the standards of society.
    The “Old” that New York City embodies is contrasted by the “different” and unfamiliar Europe. Europe seems to be a more liberal and accepting environment, where things such as art and literature are supported and recognized. However in New York, writers are simply described as “people who write” and who live in less privileged areas. When May and Archer travel to Europe for their honey moon, Archer seems fascinated when they encounter the Carfrys’ French tutor. He describes him as an “interesting fellow” (165) because he has found some good conversation in him. When Archer suggests to May that he would like to see him again and perhaps invite him to dinner, she responds by saying “the little Frenchman? Wasn’t he dreadfully common?” (165). As mentioned above, the only worry of New Yorkers was where they were placed in society, and what the people around them did with their lives. They didn’t seem to develop an interest for literature or culture. In contrast, Europe is pictured as more advanced and modern as all the ladies shipped their clothing from France and the paintings mentioned in the novel came from European artists.
    The next distinction of “old” is represented by families such as the Wellands, the Van der Luydens, the Beauforts and the Lefferts. These families are the perfect description of the classic New Yorkers. They all talked about and criticized each other, they all attended the same events and they all shared a way of thinking. For example, when the Countess Olenska’s divorce became a popular topic on the street, all the families seemed to fancy the idea that she must return to her husband in Europe regardless of the reasons for why she decided to leave. As quoted in Archers thoughts “she probably shared the family view that Madame Olenska would be better off as an unhappy wife than a separated one” (206) in reference to May’s way of thinking. May is one of the main characters who clearly displays that she lives for society and for others rather than for herself.
    The “new” on the other hand is represented by a minority in the novel, and more specifically by Ellen Olenska and Newland Archer. From the moment Ellen is introduced, it is made clear that she is not a common New Yorker for the simple detail of the “unusual dress” she is wearing. Throughout the novel she goes against the rules of society and unlike May she lives for her happiness rather than for the content of others. Ellen doesn’t let her family’s opinion impact her and being aware that if she didn’t return to her husband, she would lose the respect of her family, she still decides to go ahead with her plan. Ellen and Newland find a common ground where they share similar interests in literature and who strive for change. He shares the same ideas as Ellen that no matter what, she must not return to her husband. Archer is a character who strives to be different and to find change in society. However, he finds himself in a more limited position since his wife shares the old ideologies of her family. At one point in the novel “Archer had tried to persuade May to spend the summer on a remote island off the coast of Maine” but “May herself could not understand his obscure reluctant to fall in with so reasonable and pleasant way of spending summer”. Towards the end of the novel, the “new” is also represented by Archer’s own children, especially by his eldest son Dallas.
    The “old” and the “new” stand at two completely opposite endpoints as it is demonstrated in the New York society. In the case of Ellen it costs her the trust and respect of her family, and in the case of Archer it costs him his own freedom and happiness. Wharton seems to admire the “new” over the “old” because he bases the two main characters around this ideology and depicts it as prohibited, impossible and a challenge.
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  2. msg The Age of Innocence: discussion questions message posted The Age of Innocence: discussion questions (By Megan Ravey) May Welland is a wealthy woman who belongs to New York's upper class in …
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    (By Megan Ravey)

    May Welland is a wealthy woman who belongs to New York's upper class in the novel The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. As the novel progresses it becomes evident that May serves as a certain type of dummy; which reflects the imageof what the social code expects; even though Archer is not able to identify this he soon comes to the realization. It is "evident thet [May] was going to understand; she was always going to say the right thing" in order to maintain the flawless image she had created for herself (23). Another aspect of the novel that is highlighted through this character is the ability of New York society to strip the individuality of those who cannot manage to take the critic from the overspeculating culture; as a result characters such as May rise who tend to be the ultimate representation of the society in which the novel occurs.
    When May's character is first introduced in the novel as Newland Archer's fiancè; the author specifically creates an aura of innocence supported by an untouchrf apprearance. These characteristics can be noted in the following passage, "[i]t would presently be his task to take the bandage from this young women's eyes, and bid her look forth the world. But how many generations of the women who had gone her making had descended bandaged to the family vault?". As shown May's secluded upbringing has impaired her ability to manage the problems of the world she has been cut off from; hence a sense of innocence emanates from her character.
    Another prominent aspect of this character is her desire to be the perfect wife to her husband; this can be noted through May's constant need to be in control of Newland's life. This is promoted by May's fear of dissapoinig her mother; as the storyline unravels May becomes the mirror like image of her mother since she has never been able to grow and become her own person; instead she has developed into het another paper cut out produced by the society she finds herself in.
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  3. msg The Age of Innocence: discussion questions message posted The Age of Innocence: discussion questions (By Dani Salami) The Age of Innocence is set in New York City during the 1870’s, and it provid…
    The Age of Innocence: discussion questions
    (By Dani Salami)

    The Age of Innocence is set in New York City during the 1870’s, and it provides an excellent portrayal on how the 19th century East Coast American upper class lived and the social problems that occurred in a daily basis throughout their lives. One of the main recurring themes that are present throughout the novel is the concept of a battle between the new society and the old society in New York City. The three characters that depict this battle between the two opposing societies are May Welland, Julius Beaufort and of course Ellen Olenska. May Welland is Archer’s wife and she is your typical girl coming from an “old money” family, and in this society this type of people are the higher class and the most respected citizens in the New York City community. Then there is Julius Beaufort who is a British banker which little is known of from the other upper class families, but rumors have been going around that he left Europe after he was involved in some shady business deals. But he becomes one of the most important and wealthiest characters of New York society. Finally the last character involved in this battle between the new and the old is Ellen Olenska. Ellen is May’s cousin and Mrs. Mingott’s granddaughter who has just returned from Europe after her divorce with a Polish count whom she was married to. Ellen in hope of returning to American society in order to start a new life in New York, is eventually judged constantly for being too unorthodox to be able to form part of the New York old society. In this novel May Welland and her family represent the old New York societies, who do everything according to the social code that is accepted in New York which decides what are the current fashions, how you are supposed to act and all the correct things you have to follow when living in this old fashioned society. However the appearance of two characters in the story in this case Beaufort and Olenska, changes the plot of the story and the overall problems and issues that revolve around the novel. Ellen and Julius represent the new society that is arriving from Europe, and this causes them to not be accepted in the old society which is present in New York at this time, since they are “simply too different.” However at the end of the novel you start to notice that now the old society finally accepts the new society which has just recently arrived, and they now respect people like the Beauforts demonstrating that the old society is accepting the new one and they now begin to value new things.
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Wednesday, August 17

  1. msg The Age of Innocence: discussion questions message posted The Age of Innocence: discussion questions Question 2: Throughout The Age of Innocence, Wharton demonstrates the obsession that the New York…
    The Age of Innocence: discussion questions
    Question 2:
    Throughout The Age of Innocence, Wharton demonstrates the obsession that the New York society had with the old and the skeptically with which they viewed the new. Traditional families and members of society who come from long lines of upper class ancestors that have been part of the New York society for many years are the ones that are seen as the “old”. These characters have been entitled and enclosed to a life of manners and appearances that have been followed by generations before them and will most likely continued to be followed by their children and future generations. May Welland’s family is the physical representation of the old, and May herself embodies the old views of the uptight New York society. May, as a product of a traditional family, is raised to follow social norms and be a perfectly mannered lady until one day becoming a perfectly respectable wife. Along with her mother and the rest of the woman in her family, they represent the true glitz of society. They spend their days gossiping, are always implacably dressed and dreadfully fear scandal. Through the women of these families, Wharton expresses the trapped and limited life that the "old" members of society experience. With May specially, Wharton shows the level of naiveté that living that life causes. There is, however, a thin line between the old and the new, and many times characters that might be considered part of the “old” in society have “new” ideas and idealize social changes and freedom, things which traditional members of society would not dare to do. This is particularly the case of Newland Archer. Despite the fact that Newland has come from a traditional and wealthy family, one of those which is considered one of the most important to society, he plays around with ideas of the new. A new kind of society in which everyone could be free from social pressure and freedom would come through doing what one truly wished to do, regardless of social rules and fear of scandal. Despite his controversial “new” ideas, Newland is never really able to break away from the “old” and spends his whole life living a satisfactory life without ever reaching true freedom and happiness. The contrast between Wharton’s descriptions of Newland’s desire to be socially free and May’s naiveté due to her traditional upbringing express her support towards freedom from social structure. Newland represents a group in which change was beginning to take place. People that thought about the new and that opened the path for future generations to truly have social freedom, such as his son Dallas Archer. Dallas, along with his whole generation, represents the new in society. Dallas, though he lives as part of society like his father did is a much more liberal character. He accepts views that are outside of the “socially expected” and is much less preoccupied with scandal than his father was. Dallas represents a new generation that lives, though not completely in freedom, closer to social freedom than his father’s generation ever was.
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