How The Gender Roles In The Age Of Innocence By Edith Wharton

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New York City’s fierce social class gaps and conventional gender roles of the early 19th century sets the tone for Edith Wharton’s twelfth novel, The Age of Innocence. Newland Archer is introduced as a wealthy, young lawyer and is followed throughout his tense engagement and marriage. Published in 1920, the Pulitzer Prize winning romance novel explores the depths of disunity in New York City. Wharton’s work contradicts the social norms of the era, and it opens up many opportunities for women in society. Wharton exposes the flaws of society in many ways. In The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton illuminates her characters’ weaknesses by examining the historical perspective on upper class New York City and conveying the novel’s meaning through
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