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Transcript of Roman Fever
Roman Fever, by Edith Wharton, is a story of love, deception, and betrayal. This is shown through flashback, symbolism, and setting.
In ancient Rome, the Colosseum was an arena where people fought each other to the death. In Roman Fever, the two ladies intensely fought for the guy.
The young girls were part of the story during the day while the older women were mainly talking at night.Showing that when they went to the Colosseum during the night they were much younger than the rest.
The ladies are knitting many times throughout the story. This is symbolic to the cutting of their life. The fates did this in ancient Roman and Greek mythology.
Write an example of the typical love story. It should be about 5-10 lines.
Born on January 24 (1862-1937)
Born in New York;Author
Married wealthy banker Edward Wharton
Lived during the Civil War
Famous writings:Summer, Bummer Sisters, the Breef, God's Arrive, Age of Innocence was the most famous.
Laura Hill, Mabel Proenza,
People are infected at night with Roman Fever. They are out for around nine months.
"Half guiltily she drew from her handsomely mounted black handbag a twist of crimson silk run through by two fine knitting needles."
"A full moon night, they would remember."
"I suppose they'll want us to wait and fly back by moonlight."
"Moonlight-moonlight! What part it still plays!"
Rome is a city that is often associated with love. This is appropriate for this LOVE story.
Looking at the Ancient Ruins
The story depicts the two women looking out at the ancient ruins. This symbolizes them looking at their past, remembering what happened.
"Her gaze turned toward the Colosseum. Already, its golden flank was drowned in purple shadow, and above it the sky curved crystal clear without light or color.It was the moment when afternoon and evening hang balanced in mid-heaven."
"From the table at which they had been lunching two American ladies of ripe but well-cared-for middle age moved across the lofty terrace of the Roman restaurant and, leaning on its parapet, looked first at each other, and then down on the outspread glories of the Palatine and the Forum, with the same expression of vague but benevolent approval."
"Suddenly the air was full of that deep clangor of bells which periodically covers Rome with a roof of silver."
"Great-aunt Harriet. The one who was supposed to have sent her young sister out to the Forum after sunset to gather a nightblooming flower for her album... But she really sent her because they were in love with the same man."
"The wind might scatter her like a puff of dust. Mrs. Slade's jealously suddenly leaped up again at the sight."
"So these two ladies visualized each other, each through the wrong end of her little telescope."
"And I was wondering, ever so respectfully, you understand, you understand... wondering how two such exemplary characters as you and Horace had managed to produce anything quite so dynamic."
What is the "Roman Fever?"
What did Mrs. Ansley mean when she said, "I had Barbara"?
"Mrs. Ansley rose, and drew her fur scarf about her. 'It is cold here. We'd better go.'" What does this quote show?
During the 1890s, she ran away to France and Italy. There, she sprouted an interest in their architecture.The architectural landmarks like the Colosseum in Roman Fever came to be a part of her stories because of her interest.
1. What was the significance of the title "Roman Fever"?
2. What would you have done in Mrs. Slade's position?
3. Was Delphin worth it? Explain why or why not.
4. Compare the wrongdoings of Mrs. Slade and Mrs. Ansley. hwich one inyour opinion was worse?
5. Predict what Babs adn Jenny would do if the same thing happens in their future.
Love is a dangerous game that can cause hurt and feelings of betrayal between the best of friends.
As a child she went abroad a lot and was revealed to international places such as NY,Madrid,Rome,and France. Mix this in with her wealthy background and imagination as a child and you would see how her stories derive from or in European countries,usually on adolescence