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061 wanton
 

Foundations of America

QU201 Prof. Scott Leone

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061 wanton

Wanton page 61

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Wanton women, ladies of the night

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The word wanton is used to describe a woman who is licentious in behavior. That is, she lacks in the area of moral or legal actions particularly in the conduct of sexual activities. Wanton’s do not play by the rules and make decisions out of their own will and whim. They disregard what the community believes and considers socially acceptable and are marked for their unfavorable behavior. They will typically dress and act in a seductive behavior.

During the story Ragtime, while Emma Goldman is removing Evelyn Nesbit’s  corset and other articles of clothing, she reminds Evelyn  that she is “thought of in homes all over America as a licentious shameless wanton”. Evelyn liked receiving attention from males and found herself in various relationships throughout the book. She was extraordinary looking and could draw a lot of male attention. She was recently dealing with the imprisonment of her husband for murdering her secret lover and because of this incident the media had a wanton disposition labeled to her. Her continuation of relationships later on with people such as Mother’s younger brother,seemed to just levy her situation. Nesbit was the lustful type and seemed to have a need to be oversexed.

 

Evelyn Nesbit showing her wanton side

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http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/licentious

 

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