By Edith Wharton
Having been born right into a lifetime of wealth and privilege, Edith Wharton was once a part of the small clique of aristocratic households that held sway over ny City's social and cultural existence on the flip of the 19th century. within the Age of Innocence, Wharton appears again fondly at the lifestyles that was once loved by way of the privileged category of the East Coast sooner than the various alterations wrought via global struggle I.
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The example of forbearance set by Obasan and Uncle has delayed Naomi’s healing. Despite repeated goadings from Aunt Emily, Naomi assimilates the contents of the document package with great reluctance, opening herself up only when her defenses have been weakened by Uncle’s death: “We were the unwilling communicants receiving and consuming a less than holy nourishment, our eyes, cups filling with the bitter wine of a loveless communion” (182). ” Something about the immigrant situation—if not immediate memories of privation, then the shock of permanent relocation to a white-dominated society and the daily attritions of adjustment—causes the first generation to value efficient eating unquestioningly, almost as a measure of spiritual stamina.
8 The lesson to be learned from her downfall is more utilitarian than moral: irresponsible coupling results in an extra mouth to feed and will not be forgiven by the family. “My mother has told me once and for all the useful parts. She will add nothing unless powered by Necessity, a river bank hat guides her life” (6). THE CHILDREN OF NECESSITY In her children Brave Orchid expects an uncomplaining suppression of spontaneous sensory response for the sake of nutrient absorption: when she dismembers skunk in the kitchen, the children hold candy over their noses to mask the smell (106–107).
Sound as the blade slapped onto the linoleum floors, the wooden handle of the knife slamming into the corner” (340). The mother yells “Get out and go die! Useless Thing! ” The father threatens to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge (337). Toward their daughters the parents apply the same ruthless standard: they have to be “good for something,” namely, be able to bring money and “face” to the family, or else they are “rotten, no-good, dead [things]” (333). Fairytales notwithstanding, the magic number “three” means nothing: birth order only shapes one’s doom, and none of the daughters is blessed.
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton