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Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence "I understand it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart." These eternal phrases spoken from Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather signify the significance and prevalence of family allegiances. These allegiances transcend many different cultures, societies and environments. Every society has its own "Fredo": the social outcast whose conclusions make him or her the center of attention in society, and that our family allegiances reevaluate everything. We can visit such a prototype to get a personality in Countess Olenska, the main part in Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence. Countess Olenska is the black sheep of her family because she's considered foreign, and the complex choices she faces often make her the focal point of culture. Her decisions are made complicated by the net of family allegiances that are found in "Old" New York, the setting of this publication. On the surface, these agonizing decisions appear to introduce Countess Olenska as being indecisive and helpless. But by viewing the text via the frame of family allegiances we could see that the Countess really possesses strength because she can conquer the barriers put forth in front of her. Any apparent frailties do not reflect her but instead the hard decisions she must confront. If a person is to look past this framework then we could actually see how Countess Olenska is enabled as a woman within her relationships in the book, even when she has to confront such complicated conclusions. The storyline of The Age of Innocence revolves round Countess Olenska, who was born in New York but is considered a foreigner into the "Old" New York society since she married and moved to Europe. She returned to New York since her husband was so violent and was che...