What Contributes to Isabel's Tragedy? For a lady who bestowed upon dazzling beauty by god, and inherited a handsome amount of money from her uncle, wonderful life, like a volume of painting , was supposed to unfold itself before her. But, for Isabel, it's much of the opposite. And I, though cannot bring her self-demolition to a halt, want to explore the reason behind it. The first and also the root reason is culturally based. Back then, roughly in the 1860s, United States is a new- born country. With a history of not more than 100 years, it didn't offer a cultural repository rich enough to partake. While Europe, across the pond, after thousands of years' deposition, had seen a blossom in all kinds of aspects----Literature, painting, sculpture and etc. And for Isabel, she is strongly enchanted in these things, to the extent that she herself cannot handle it. That explained her refusal to Warburton's marriage proposal. He is too perfect, as she put it, to get married. Warburton carries all the quality that a country like Britain can offer-----handsome appearance, noble title, wealth, high personal quality and you name it. It overwhelmed Isabel, so herself think. On the contrary, Goodwood, though whose passion for Isabel had never faded for a second, lacked what Isabel expect or, also we can say, what Warburton had. This is why he can never win the heart of Isabel. Differed form both Warburton and Goodwood, Osmond is a great blend of the two mentioned, at least from Isabel's viewpoint. he didn't have as high a temperament as Warburten, but culturally richer than Goodwood. In brief, he standed in the middle, which is why he succeeded in this three suitors' competition and constituted Isabel's doomed marriage, The second reason is more personal. Isabel has a very fertile mind. And usually people of this kind will never let others change their course of life, no matter how strong the objectional force are. This make it reasonable why Isabel braved so many person's objection to her marriage and still leapt into it. She is so DAME bullheaded! The third reason lies in Madame Merlin, who set a trap for Isabel immediately after she heard of that Isabel inherited a considerable amount of money. Her strong personal charisma deluded Isabel and finally lead her into astray. However, the trap is, in another way, a trap for herself. Because when you stake your life on other person's life, however how favorable it worked in your way, it's still not your life, and you will never get satisfied. Madame Merlin's later life justified it. That's all for this tragedy------a tragedy staged by the era, the man, then woman, and also herself.