For Mattie this goodbye, like many of the other ones, made her more mature and independent. Another time Mattie has to say goodbye was to a place instead of a person; Mattie has to say goodbye to the coffeehouse. Eliza and Lucille made Mattie leave because Lucille was sick. As a result, Mattie had to say goodbye to the place where she worked, lived, and grew up. The coffee house is significant because it represents where Mattie grew up, lived, worked, and spent her time.
He uses description and feelings/emotions to describe Mattie. The first author’s craft the author uses is description. Anderson writes, “I untied my apron and filled it with timothy grass to form a soft pillow for Grandfather’s head” (84). This tells me how Mattie is becoming more mature by stepping up and taking charge when Grandfather is sick. This illustrates how Mattie is changing and becoming different, just because she stepped up during tough times.
Mattie shows a great deal of character development throughout the story. The quote “Never knew you to look for extra work. Come along then” by Eliza shows how Mattie grows from a girl that tries to do minimal work to trying to help as much as she can(196). She also shows this when Eliza gives her a full serving of food and she puts most of it back so the children could eat. This additionally shows she is becoming considerate and kindhearted.
This man vs. man conflict has changed Matt by causing him to speak, and to be proud of himself. This also signifies a character change, for Matt is standing up for himself, and proud of what he has done. This, nonetheless, gives Matt hope which is scarce in his life. This also shows that Matt values others opinions,therefore, showing a need for acceptance This is shown when Matt says that Celia would be so proud of him. Overall, while Matt is having a man vs. man conflict, he craves acceptance, for Matt believes that it would resolve his internal
Those of different social classes typically only had working relationships. The author’s choice of creating a friendship between Mattie and Eliza affects the novel as it portrays Mattie and Eliza as two young women who challenge society’s expectations, rather than follow them. Further into the story, when Mattie opens the coffeehouse for business, she says, “Eliza, I want you to be my partner. There’s no one better suited to it, no one I can trust. Or who will put up with me” (Anderson 224).
She lost everything that made her who she was. She went from a lively young woman who was waiting for an adventure, to a crippled woman who was dependent on others to take care of her. The attempt that should have set him free of Zeena, transforms Mattie into a mirror image of the very thing he tried to escape. Ethan Frome's life becomes one long continuation of Ironic events that he can't escape from
This quote is showing growth with Mattie’s maturity since the beginning of the novel. It also is showing that even though Mother is violently ill, she wants Mattie to leave so she would not become infected, Mattie still stays with her mother for the night to help her through the awful sickness. Many people thought in 1793, the fever was contagious from person to person. We know today, that mosquitoes transmit the disease to humans, not human to human. Anderson also uses description to show how the characters put others before themselves.
She was beautiful young lady, which helped her fit in with other children’s families. She was pretty much always with these families, who provided her with food, shelter, and comfort. As a result of this, she never really got experience certain events because she was constantly living in a state of security. She had always relied on others to get by, which really hurt her in the long run. Towards the end of the memoir, when her family moved to New York for a better chance at life, Maureen fell victim to distraction.