Ellen and Charity Comparison

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Ellen and Charity Comparison After reading Summer a novel by Edith Wharton, and watching the movie Age of Innocence, a movie based Edith Wharton’s book, I found two characters from each to be very similar. Ellen from Age of Innocence and Charity from Summer are very similar in many ways, such as, they are both outsiders in the societies in which they live. Also, they are in secret romances that would be forbidden if ever caught. So throughout this paper I am going to talk about their similarities, and also the few differences they have, and how there societies shape the character they are. First, I am going to touch on the subject that Charity and Ellen both do not fit into their societies, and are considered outsiders. Ellen is in New York City in the 1870’s during this story. During this time era in New York City, the society consisted of wealthy and well respected families, who had special customs and ways of going about things. Ellen being from Europe was not aware of these customs, therefore making her an outsider, because many people looked down on her because she did not act the way that she was suspected to. An example of this would be Ellen was estranged from her husband, and although they were separated, they were still married, so Ellen ran around with a gentleman named Julius who was also married and that was unacceptable in this society. Another example would be that Ellen was talking about getting a divorce from her husband, and that was looked down upon for women to do in that time era. Charity along with Ellen was also considered an outsider. Charity grew up in a town called North Dormer, which consisted of just one road, and it laid between a mountain and miles of land, before reaching another city. The mountain that was next to North Dormer consisted of people who did not fit in with the citizens of the town, and were considered heathens. When…...

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