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Afterward

 

Edith Wharton's most consistent concern throughout her writing was the plight of women of her time who must somehow find a way to create meaningful lives in a world where their choices, options and movements were so restricted. In her ghost story, "Afterward," the heroine, Mary Boyne, lives in a golden cage. She has what looks like a perfect marriage, including uninterrupted intimacy with her husband in a dream house. Yet she is as much like a child as she is a wife for she knows nothing of his life. Her innocence fosters her dependence. The price for being dependent is self deception. the theme of the ghost takes on a larger meaning as we begin to see shadows surface throughout the Boyne's lives.


 
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NC State University
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