It is the prologue and epilogue that serve as the framework of Ethan Frome, and the chapters between the two that is the main story. Another literary technique found in the narrative is the ever abundant examples of metaphor and simile. The very first sentence after the prologue likens the hardness of the Starkfield winter to a “sky of iron” and, later on,
Eisner used several allusions throughout the story for a theme of spirituality involving the character’s experiences and conflict in the narrator’s own belief. The first allusion was presented by Denny, who’s spiritual journey led him to a revelation of doubt and suffering. Denny’s mantra, “Enoch walked with God; and he was no more, for God took him”. (142) Eisner wanted the reader to
While his decision was certainly not an easy one and one that would be viewed as the wrong decision by his colleagues, Werner made it because he felt like he had to. Because he felt like he had no other choice. It is in times like these, when we feel like we have no other choice, that our deepest, darkest desires for good emerge and affect the environment around us. For Werner, it was the imagery of his friend Frederick saying he would not dump cold water on a prisoner bound and gagged in the freezing cold (407). Frederick had the courage to say no, so surely Werner had it too.
Anderson uses description and imagery in the story to portray the theme, family is always trying to protect each other. In Fever 1793, Mattie’s family is always trying to do the best for her. For instance, she is always grasping for her family to stay with her. While her mother was sick she did not want to leave her side. Then
For example, in the novel Holden regularly fantasizes about a solitary life and in this life he would be a self-sufficient deaf mute (Rollins 382). Salinger, however, did have a private lifestyle which was protected by his family, friends, and neighbors (“Catcher” 116). Another similarity would be, both the author and narrator have had influential teachers in their lives. Holden states that his teacher “... was about the best teacher I ever had, Mr. Antolini” (Salinger 174). He also looks to Mr. Antolini for shelter and guidance.
In addition, John Wheelwright has a great belief about the predestined plan of the life of Owen. He uses several stylistic devices to make the reader believe in Owens predestination. In this book, Owen uses first narration to give details about his life and other characters in the story. The first person narration helps a reader to experience a narrative from the narrator 's point of view thus convincing the reader to accept the
One of the most important factors in fairy tales are the important and basic needs of mankind, mainly- food, home, and clothes. Most of the fairy tales are based on the absence or presence of at least one of the components. Authors have written about the society norms and cultures during their time on account of these details. For example, in Beauty and the Beast by De Beaumont, the author has widely used the components of clothing and jewelry to express the people’s greedy and selfish nature. Beauty’s step sisters always yearned for expensive and materialistic things but finally ended up not being happy with their marriages.
Wharton elucidated this memorandum using the exemplification of Ethan Frome’s life; more specifically his internal struggles (e.g. Ethan couldn’t physically admit his love for Mattie), his decisions (e.g. Ethan did not bother trying to win against Zeena to prevent Mattie from being banished from their homes) and showing us the outcome where Ethan attempted suicide. Ethan Frome grew silent following the rules of society. It only made him appear mysterious among others which is emphasized by the narrator.
We even see this theme again in Good Country People. Hulga’s pessimistic view of the world is central to the story, allowing her to quickly judge the salesman for what he truly is when he pulls a flask out from inside the bible. This reoccurring theme, concerning our background and the way we judge people, must have been very important to O’Connor. Skillfully, O’Connor knits the theme into both short stories, miraculously basing the entire plot and characters around this central
Holden tells the cynicism he felt when he was thrust into adulthood all alone and Asher reveals his journey to be an artist. One can assume that no matter what happens in the future, the past will always hold significance to Asher and Holden. One of the earliest memories that both Asher and Holden share are death. Asher lost his uncle, his mother’s brother, and Holden lost his younger brother Allie. Both of the protagonists can relate to death.