Edith Wharton powerfully conveys his thoughts through the constant use of literary devices, detailed descriptions, and strong vocabulary. The novel possesses a central theme of desire and awe toward the characters and their nature. The novel Ethan Frome is a Wharton conveys the desire Ethan has for Mattie within the first chapter of the book “like a window that has caught the sunset”. Here Wharton speaks of Mattie, through the use of similes.
Ethan Frome is a novel published in 1911 written by Edith Wharton. In this novel a man named Ethan Frome, who is married to Zenobia Frome, falls in love with another woman named Mattie Silver. Mattie is a bright light in Ethan’s dark life. Wharton utilizes symbolism to create emotion and meaning throughout the story. She uses objects, numbers, and the setting to shed light on the various elements of the story that she deems important.
The classic novel, Ethan Frome, wrote by Edith Wharton, contains a great deal of symbolism. Throughout the story, Wharton recognizes a large Elm tree that nearly kills a newly- engaged couple. In most cases, a large tree may symbolize strength or majesty, however, Wharton gives the readers an understanding of fate., when describing the tree. While coasting down a slope, Ethan and Mattie make the immoral decision to commit suicide and crash into the large tree. Ironically, the end result was not their death, but the tragic ending of the two becoming crippled which robbed them the outcome they wanted.
Many see their hometown as wonderful and enjoyable, but in the novel, Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, the small town of Starkfield, Massachusetts has a sort of weather that makes people who live there, such as Ethan Frome, miserable. In the novel the severe weather in Starkfield serves as the prime purpose for Ethan, Zeena, and Mattie’s horrible demise. He did what he could to find pleasure in his marriage with Zeena, yet he had trouble rediscovering the initial reason for marrying her. Once Mattie came along, her and Ethan started to fall for each other and he became unfaithful in his marriage and eventually it resulted in him sharing his unhappiness with both Mattie and Zeena. Ethan Frome lived in Starkfield his entire life.
Wharton’s Ethan Frome uses Ethan Frome to demonstrate how sexual maturation and the development of a sexual identity can be stunted by circumstance. The use of imagery, symbolism, and language in Wharton’s novel emphasize Frome’s sexual inhibition and his development of sexual feelings because of Mattie. Frome’s natural reticence combined with familial tragedy at a young age prevented Frome from developing a strong sexual identity (Farland, 718). When Frome is with Mattie at Shadow Pond, he wants to express his feelings for her, but he “had never learned to say such things,” which is an indication of how he is insecure in his sexuality (Wharton, 135). Additionally, Frome’s marriage to Zeena further stunts his sexual development, as their marriage
I stand by Barbara Kingsolver’s argument that all families that have been faced with divorce are not necessarily “broken” families. Depending on the reasons for the divorce, the result will be what the family makes of it. I appreciate how the author made it a point to state that “The Prince Charming Theory of Marriage” is not comparable to a real life marriage, seeing how no one has a perfect relationship such as that. Kingsolver then compares divorce to amputating a gangrenous leg; suggesting that no one wishes for these things to happen, they just happen.
Throughout the romantic struggle, Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome sacrifices himself to be happy with Mattie Silver but in the process he paves his path towards infinite limbo. Ethan Frome is introduced as a man who is battered and withering. Upon going into his backstory, we discover his true self. A man who is in a marriage with a woman he has little to no feelings for, Zeena. Mattie Silver is the new woman who he has his eyes on and for her he sacrifices everything but just saves enough to withhold his integrity and obligation.
Who’s to blame for Ethan Frome In the book “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton we see the main characters involved in a tragedy that has lifelong effects. The person to blame in this tragedy is Ethan Frome. Ethan Frome is to blame in this tragedy because he let love manipulate his judgment. If Ethan Frome was mentally strong enough to speak on his feelings with the woman he loved and his wife maybe the tragedy would’ve never happen.
It is human nature for someone to want to be around other people, and everyone has the common need to be loved, no matter who they are. However, isolation and loneliness are two circumstances that can prevent this ordinary desire. The reality of being apart from society can cause a person to think and act in a different way than others would. In Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, the character of Curley’s wife could frequently be described as promiscuous, but she really is longing for company and desperate for someone to talk to her.
Divorce is the action of legally dissolving a marriage and going in separate ways. According to www.theguardian.com “a brief history of divorce” Before the 1850s divorce was largely open to men only and because it was very expensive it was open to the rich only. Then The 1857 Matrimonial Causes Act allowed ordinary people to divorce. During this time, it was difficult for women to divorce because they had to prove that their husbands had been unfaithful. Then in 1923 A private members’ bill made it easier for women to file for divorce for adultery, but they still had to prove.
The Broken Jar In the novel Ethan Frome, the main character has to choose between his wife, Zeena, and Mattie. After his wife leaves Mattie and him alone for the night, Mattie uses the red pickle dish which wounds up getting broken by the cat that night. Is this a symbol? Symbolism is when an object is used to mean something other than its original meaning. WIth all the events that happened before and after the glass breaking, it is obvious that the broken dish symbolizes Ethan and Zeena’s marriage.
Starkfield, Massachusetts (stark meaning, hard, bare, difficult) really is an environment that is supposed to be a place of eternal hardship. The winters are long and spring and summer come short. The author Edith Wharton base Starkfield, Massachusetts on the New England area. In this she quote she says the following “one of the reason [I] wrote the novella was because [I] didn't think other fiction writers had properly captured the New England landscape. [I] wanted to show the harsh and beautiful land as [I] saw it, in all its beauty and all its danger.”