Thursday, April 15, 2010

Gambling within House of Mirth

I think the gambling within the book House of Mirth was a very interesting theme. The book on a whole can be seen as a gamble. This would be due to Lily gambling that she can get something better then what she has at the present moment. However she keeps losing her gambles and ends up losing everything. She went all in for a better life and lost due to not playing the game right. Within the book small gambles can also be seen. There is the basic theme of plain gambling, such as for bridge. This goes to show that when people get money they like to spend it in any manner they wish. Lily in this manner is gambling money she does not have and is always do this to try to fit in with her "friends." Lilys social life is also a gamble. The people she picks to see is a gamble that will affect how her friends see her. She picks to see Selden rather then going to Church to meet up with a possible husband. Another gamble that she takes with friends is not becoming friends with Rosedale. Both of these actions with friends were gambles and Lily lost them. Rosedale will not marry her and Selden will also not marry her. There is also the gamble that Lily took with the letters that she bought. She should have used these letters to gain her way back into society. However she did not take this gamble and in the end did not win the ability to go back. There was also the gamble Lily took with the sleeping meds. She gambled to take more cause she was tired. And totally lost cause it killed her. This whole book was a gamble and lily lost everyone. She should have learned but didn't and died due to gambling.

1 comment:

  1. Charles, you're right: everything that Lily does is a gamble, one way or another. She cannot seem to keep herself from gambling, whether at bridge or with the chloral hydrate.