The Age of Innocence Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

The story takes place in the early 1870s in New York City. Explain why the story could not have taken place in any other setting--both time period and location.

Essay Topic 2

What does the class system provide for the people in the story? Why is it necessary?

Essay Topic 3

Why is Ellen's arrival into the scene so controversial? Why does she make the others so uncomfortable?

Essay Topic 4

Why does Newland become a champion for Ellen? What does it say about her personality? What does it say about his?

Essay Topic 5

Describe May Welland. Why is she the perfect girl for Newland to marry?

Essay Topic 6

Explain how Newland's perception of May evolves as he has more exposure to Ellen. How does Newland come to view May during their honeymoon trip? Why?

Essay Topic 7

Explain all the rumors surrounding Ellen. What indiscretions was she connected with...

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