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I shall be looking at Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton published in 1920 and Poor Things by Alasdair Gray published in 1992 Below is a brief synopsis of Age of Innocence Newland Archer is engaged to May Welland but when Countess Ellen Olenska comes back from a disastrous marriage Archer and Olenska are attracted to one another and by the code of conduct of New York society Archer decides to end this love affair with Ellen and goes back to May A brief outline of Poor Things is about Godwin Baxter giving life to a woman Bella with a childs brain after she committed suicide while she is pregnant Bella is then introduced to Archie McCandless whom she is later engaged to McCandles is a student along side Godwin at school Bella then runs away with Duncan Wedderburn a lawyer Then Bella returns and marries McCandless however her family previous to her attepmpt at suicide try to claim but she denies knowing them However at the end we find this story to be false when the wife of McCandles reveals the true life that he had him In this essay I plan to illustrate the differences and similarities of characterisation between both books by way of class and how they act to the values within the novel and how the characters interact with on another In Age of Innocence the characters are set in a historical period compared to when the novel was written The characters represent the close community of New York and how they abide by the firm yet unwritten rules that regulate the code of conduct of society Whereas Poor Things shows the expansion of boundaries and is set in a fictional world where there are no limitations to what one can do Therefore both characterisations in Age of Innocence and Poor Things do highlight the limitations in both environments even though they are both set in different
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