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.
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.
In a final scene from Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton draws a timeline leading up to the main character, Ethan Frome, and his love interest, Mattie Silver deciding to take their lives rather than letting the rules implied by the society of Starkfield force them to part, their decision in turn contributing to the theme that confinement from pressure from society can drive citizens to their torment. Contributing to the novel as a whole, this scene also highlights Ethan’s built up misery by displaying his willingness to die in order to escape his unwanted marriage to his ailing wife, Zeena. To begin with, as a resident in Starkfield, a town whose residents, obviously unadjusted divorce, consider seven year of marriage as “not so long”, Ethan feels
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.
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
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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.
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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.