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November 23rd, 2010

Age of Innocence through the eyes of Wilson

Posted by michellemartins in Uncategorized

Throughout Wilson’s essay the concept of the comfort zone and the labyrinth keep reappearing. The comfort zone is the place of safety, where everything is certain and predictable. There is a bourgeoisie order, which does not allow for any room to change. The labyrinth on the other hand is not a straight path, and is filled with mysteries and uncertainties.

After reading Wilson and then watching the rest of the Age of Innocence in class, it has become clear to me that these two very different worlds were represented in this movie. Another major aspect of Wilson’s essay however was women and their role in the city. With that in mind, the very different personalities of the main women characters, Countess Ellen Olenska and May, became even more apparent.

May represents the very essence of the comfort zone. She follows all of the traditional manners that are appropriate for a women in her time. She is very familiar with what is acceptable from a lady and what is not. Whenever she is shown in the movie she is shown sitting upright, or behaving in a proper manner, she doesn’t seem to ever stray from the acceptable. As the narrator in the movie had said, May had the “incapacity to realize change.”

On the other hand, Countess Olenska “had become the complete vision of all we had missed.” She was different, and didn’t mind being different. Countess Olenska didn’t want to be a part of the comfort zone. She had broken out of the comfort zone, and entered deep into the labyrinth. In this movie, Wilson would view Countess Olenska as the sphinx in the city. She represented all the mysteries that life had to offer, and even tempted others to want to join her way of life. Newland falls victim to this. Countess Olenska’s presence tempts him to want to give up everything and enter into this place of the “other”. The labyrinth is the place where Countess Olenska belongs, as is seen when everyone tries to get her to reenter into the comfort zone and she is unable to.

Wilson would feel as though the role the women should follow is Countess Olenska’s. The role the May has is portrayed as being boring, and almost even artificial or fake. Wilson would argue that women shouldn’t try to stay within this fake world and should leave the order and discover what it’s like to enter the unknown.

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  1.    adavison said,

    on November 28th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Throughout Wilson’s essay the concept of the comfort zone and the labyrinth keep reappearing. The comfort zone is the place of safety, where everything is certain and predictable. There is a bourgeoisie order, which does not allow for any room to change. The labyrinth on the other hand is not a straight path, and is filled with mysteries and uncertainties. GOOD.

    After reading Wilson and then watching the rest of the Age of Innocence in class, it has become clear to me that these two very different worlds were represented in this movie. Another major aspect of Wilson’s essay however was women and their role in the city. With that in mind, the very different personalities of the main women characters, Countess Ellen Olenska and May, became even more apparent.

    May represents the very essence of the comfort zone. RIGHT. She follows all of the traditional manners that are appropriate for a women in her time. She is very familiar with what is acceptable from a lady and what is not. Whenever she is shown in the movie she is shown sitting upright, or behaving in a proper manner, she doesn’t seem to ever stray from the acceptable. As the narrator in the movie had said, May had the “incapacity to realize change.” GOOD.

    On the other hand, Countess Olenska “had become the complete vision of all we had missed.” She was different, and didn’t mind being different. Countess Olenska didn’t want to be a part of the comfort zone. She had broken out of the comfort zone, YOU’D EXPLAIN HOW and entered deep into the labyrinth. YOU’D BE SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS IN HER CASE. In this movie, Wilson would view Countess Olenska as the sphinx in the city. She represented all the mysteries that life had to offer, YOU’D BE SPECIFIC HERE and even tempted others to want to join her way of life. Newland falls victim to this. Countess Olenska’s presence tempts him to want to give up everything and enter into this place of the “other”. RIGHT. The labyrinth is the place where Countess Olenska belongs, as is seen when everyone tries to get her to reenter into the comfort zone and she is unable to. GOOD. OF COURSE, YOU’D EXPLAIN THIS.

    Wilson would feel as though the role the women should follow is Countess Olenska’s. The role the May has is portrayed as being boring, and almost even artificial or fake. Wilson would argue that women shouldn’t try to stay within this fake world and should leave the order and discover what it’s like to enter the unknown. YOU’D FIND EVIDENCE IN WILSON’S ESSAY TO SUPPORT AND ILLUSTRATE THIS.

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