Figure 24: Essay Excerpt on Lily, The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton

Below is an excerpt that falls under the comment “Good Example(s).”

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Sample Excerpt

According to Diana Trilling’s The House of Mirth Revisited, this standard implies differences for the married woman and differences for the unmarried woman at the turn of the century; and these distinctions support the authoritarian social structure.  These standards are traditional in that they support “a married woman so long as she has the protection of her husband’s name and bank account but where the woman who has not yet reached this economic sanctuary must guard against the slightest misstep” (117).  For example, the reader readily recognizes a double standard at work when Lily’s society condemns her for the gambling debts she incurs, the visits to Selden, and the money she takes from her friend’s husband; but this same society looks the other way and “can accept unruffled Mrs. Dorset’s extramarital excursions of Mrs. Fishers’ ‘loan’ from the gentleman of her acquaintance” (Trilling 117).

Figure 24: Essay Excerpt on Lily, The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton

Assessment

Lily’s gambling debts represent her “slightest misstep.”

Without this textual evidence, the paragraph lacks credibility. 

In adding this example, the reader can easily validate the writer’s claims.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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