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Title: The Age of Innocence


1
The Age of Innocence
  • By Edith Wharton

PowerPoint by Kelsey Leonard
2
Edith Wharton
  • Edith Wharton was born into a wealthy New York
    family on January 24th, 1862. She wrote an
    autobiography, ghost stories, literary
    criticisms, plays, poetry, novels, novellas,
    short stories, and translations. Not only was she
    interested in writing, she also enjoyed interior
    design.

3
Important Characters ..
  • Newland Archer (narrator) is a young lawyer who
    was born into a wealthy New York family. Archer
    faces a huge decision between staying true to his
    fiancé May or perusing his passion for Ellen.

4
.. Important Characters ..
  • Countess Ellen Olenska She is the cousin of May
    Welland who was raised in Europe and recently
    returns to America. Her behavior was not accepted
    by many wealthy New Yorkers but she continued to
    behave the same way.

5
.. Important Characters
  • May Welland Archers companion who was also
    born into a wealthy New York family.
  • Mrs. Manson Mingott is the grandmother to May
    and Ellen, who is a highly ranked aristocrat in
    New York society.

6
The Age of Innocence
  • The Age of Innocence was written in 1920, and in
    1921, it won the Pulitzer Prize.
  • It is considered her best known work and was the
    first book where she reveals the events though
    the eyes of only one character.
  • At the beginning, I found the book hard to
    comprehend because of the language in which
    Wharton uses.

7
Major Theme
  • The Age of Innocence discusses New York society
    during the 1870s. It depicts upper class members
    of the society and makes fun of them by using
    irony. Edith Wharton discusses aristocratic
    rituals, values, and views.

8
Summary ..
  • Newland Archer, a young lawyer has been recently
    engaged to May Welland who is the granddaughter
    to Mrs. Manson Mingott, a very highly ranked
    aristocrat in New York.
  • Around the same time as Newland announces his
    engagement, Mays cousin, Countess Ellen Olenska
    has recently returned to America after a failing
    marriage in Europe.

9
.. Summary ..
  • After spending time around the Countess, Newland
    finds himself falling in love with her because
    she is different. She doesnt play by the same
    rules as the other wealthy families and does
    things her own, unique way.
  • Whenever everyone turns their back on Ellen, her
    grandmother Mrs. Mingott and Newland continue to
    help her.

10
.. Summary
  • After becoming close with Ellen, Newland finds
    himself in a difficult situation. He has to
    choose between staying true to his fiancé and
    abiding by traditional values or choosing to
    pursue a more serious relationship with the
    Countess.

11
Critical Analysis ..
  • When I first began reading The Age of Innocence,
    I found it hard to comprehend because of the
    language and use of words Edith Wharton chose.
    After the first few chapters, the book began to
    pull me in and kept me well interested. The Age
    of Innocence is a story of love tied to a mystery
    because you never see what's coming next.

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.. Critical Analysis
  • If you do enjoy mystery and romance, I would
    recommend The Age of Innocence. Make sure you pay
    close attention because later on in the book many
    details become tied together.

ENJOY!!
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