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Javanese Philosophical Reading on Wharton’s The Age of Innocence.

Adyah Pratama Ningtyas




Ningtyas, Adyah Pratama. 2012. Javanese Philosophical Reading on Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. Thesis, English Department, Faculty of Letters, State University of Malang. Advisor: Inayatul Fariha, M.A.


Keywords: Javanese philosophy, sangkan paraning dumadi, existentialism


Existentialist and socio-cultural reading has been mostly used to analyze Wharton’s The Age of Innocence, because those readings emphasize on the states of mind of each charcaters related to the society around them. However, this way of reading is not enough to accomodate the values that is subscribed by other readers with different cultural background, such as Javanese culture. The study in this thesis uses review of related literature method. Based on the method that is done in this thesis, it is concluded that reading this novel through the values of Javanese culture gives a new reading alternative on The Age of Innocence.

According to previous studies, Newland’s motive to keep the engagement and give up his wish to be with Ellen, although he can always choose to strive for his wish to be with Ellen, is thought to be weak-minded by Cain (2008) and Witherow (2003). Existentialism theory applies in the previous citics’ conclusion is inadequate with the values of sangkan paraning dumadi in Javanese philosophy. Through the values, it is concluded that Newland’s decisions are good and right.