Symbols In Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton

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In the book Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton multiple objects are used to represent big moments in the book and is heavily used. There are many objects that clearly relate to people and relationships between people. The first emblem that represents love between Mattie and Ethan is Mattie's red scarf and ribbon in her hair.The first symbol is the pickle dish representing Ethans and Zeena’s relationship. The final commodity is the cat which represents Zeena. Throughout the book ethan and Mattie have a growing relationship and their love is shown by Mattie's apparel.
The ribbon and scarf found in Mattie’s hair and around her neck are both red and symbolise love. Ethan watches Mattie dance with “a cherry-coloured ‘fascinator’ about her head” (26).

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