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A Response Paper Based on the Book “The Last Madam” by Christine Wiltz

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The Last Madam by Christine Wiltz is of great interest because it is based on the autobiography of Norma Wallace. This woman became widely known as the owner of the first bordello in New Orleans. Her life was full of all sorts of intrigues and scandals, but that did not stop her from becoming one of the most successful businesswomen in New Orleans. The reader has a chance to see Norma as a strong, vigorous and shrewd woman who was confident in her goal while overcoming various difficulties. It may seem that the authors’ main idea is to glorify the sex industry, but the author’s intent is much deeper. In fact, the author seeks to show the idea that any person is above all a mortal creature in spite of all his/her professional and career success.

Throughout her life, Norma tried to remain young. She lived with the idea that she should always remain a young and successful woman despite her age. For Norma, the sex industry has become a sphere where she could feel sexy, relaxed and youthful. At the age of sixty-four years old, she married the twenty-five-year-old boy. On the other hand, the author clearly shows that the desire to remain young and the fear of death led the woman to the maniacal love. This book can be regarded as a depiction of the life of a woman who tries to escape from reality, but ultimately reality catches up with her. Human mortality is a manifestation of the reality in which people live.

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