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It is truly ironic after one works endlessly to benefiting oneself that such work only ends up being harmful Such is the case of Miss Lily Bart in New York at the turn of the century In Edith Whartons House of Mirth Lily Bart behaves as the young and jaded protagonist desperate to establish and maintain her position on the social ladder Her extreme carelessness and arrogance initially evoke less pity than desired by the classic Aristotelian formula but as the story progresses the potent horrors that unfold prove to iterate the several dark underlying themes present in the story The whole story focuses on Lilys main objective to acquire wealth and permanently lofty social status Her decisions and actions are all based on intricate planning and her simplest acts seemed the result of far-reaching intentions 15 The true driving force behind all of this is her lack of money Both of her parents are deceased at the beginning of the story and Lily is sent to live with her reluctant aunt Julia Peniston Mrs Peniston is indeed very wealthy and provides for Lily very handsomely but Lilys lifestyle is still far too lavish to be satisfied by this She has an extreme aversion to anything dingy and will only accept the finest clothing and jewelry With this she has an addiction to gambling throughout the book which puts her deeply into debt She knows she must marry soon already being twenty-nine years old Her one true love Lawrence Selden however is not wealthy enough for Lily to marry and she possesses the consistent belief that she can do better Lily soon asks a very wealthy and much older man Gus Trenor to invest some of her money in the stock market and he readily agrees for he has an attraction to Lily She begins receiving checks for large amounts of money and spends them lavishly Later in the book Lily learns
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