The Age Of Light
Whitney Scharer
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Motifs
Motifs are devices or structures that are used by artists or authors to help in the development of a theme.
Sexism

The concept of sexism is recurrent throughout the novel. As the plot is based on the discrimination of women, Lee was prejudiced by Man’s friends as one of “his girls”. They considered her to be nothing more than Man’s plaything. In fact, they referred to her as Madam Man Ray (Scharer, 89). This shows that they were adamant to reject Lee as a photographer.

Man also despised Lee’s photographs. Although having praised her photographs, he refuses to have Lee’s photographs published in the 22I magazine. Over and above, the characters are of the view that Lee could never be anything but a model because she was beautiful.

Parisian Social Events

Lee discovers that the Parisian life involves attending social events. The plot of the novel is slowly built up by the social gatherings that the characters attend. For instance, Lee gets Man’s home address when she attends Drosso’s party with Jimmy, Poppy and Antonio. At the party, she meets with Man for the first time. The social events were also significant in promoting Parisian artistry. The parties were organized by patrons who had a taste for photography, films, and other forms of artistry. During these parties, various forms of art were showcased.  

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