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THE HOUSE OF MIRTH is one of Wharton's most famous and most discussed novels. The novel is the story of Lily Bart. Bart is a product of the society of New York. The New York society is hypocritical and unkind to those who do not completely conform to their rules and expectations. Wharton presents,". . . a vision of a corrupt, hypocritical society that forces all those in it to conform or be destroyed," (Wershoven, 43). The novel traces Lily Bart's fall from the circle of the New York society. Lily Bart was born into the upper crust of the New York society. From a young age, Bart was taught that her only goal in life was to find a wealthy man to marry. Due to the constant repetition of these shallow thoughts, Bart is a superficial character in the beginning of the novel. As the novel progress, Bart changes a great deal. In her life, she experiences hardships, pain, and humiliation. From these experiences, she evolves as a better person. Eventually, she distances herself from the New York society. By doing that, she gains a lot morally (Wershoven, 44).
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