In Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth (1905), Lily Bart undergoes two conflicts: first, between freedom of personal expression and social role-playing, and, second, between personal and social moral codes. These conflicts, which interfere with Lily's attempted psychological and moral growth, are manifested in her struggle between private and public "voice," a term Mary F. Belenky and co-authors describe as being "a metaphor that can apply to many aspects of women's experience and development" (18). In order to analyze the effects of these conflicts on Lily's psychological and moral growth, one must first examine the makeup of her private and public voices.
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White, L. Christine
"Lily Bart: A Surfacing Inner Voice,"
Draftings In: Vol. 6:
3, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/draftings/vol6/iss3/6