Gender Criticism In Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton

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Ethan Frome Critical Analysis Essay Gender criticism applies heavily to the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Wharton makes it apparent that gender roles only limit the potential of people and that they can even destroy relationships. Wharton conveys these ideas through the main characters, Ethan, Mattie, and Zeena. Starting with Ethan. Wharton uses him to show the problems gender roles can create in a marriage and everyday life in general. Ethan marries Zeena because that’s his options. Zeena agrees because she’s already been living with him and there isn’t much difference. They assume the normal husband-and-wife roles and continue living. Zeena did the cooking (until she got “sick”) and Ethan did the farming. However, this could be why

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