|Plot Summary of The House of Mirth|
|""The House of Mirth" is the story of Lily Bart, a young woman who is born into the proper New York society, but is a poor relation who must live off her relatives and friends. As such, it is imperative that she marry well. She has her sights set on a youn man who has money, and has him in her clutches, but she chooses to flirt with another man whom she finds more exciting. She loses her chance. Later she accepts financial help from the husband of a friend who expects a relationship in exchange, but she is unwilling. Now in debt, she begins to lose the good will of her friends and relatives, and very soon she finds herself forced to work. Since she really has no skills, she finds herself in an untenable position. "The House of Mirth" is the story of a woman beaten down by the role society has assigned to her."
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The House of Mirth|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 19th century
Kind of romance:
- secretly interested in business objective
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
- fancy mansion
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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