Society does not accept Frome’s passion for Mattie, causing the cat to break the dish to disturb their temptation. Both Zeena and the cat are silent observers,while the cat sits in Zeena's chair, and breaks the dish right before an intimate moment between Ethan and Mattie, Zeena knows of their feelings and tries to separate them from afar. In this qoute Zeena is present at the moment, the narrator say,” the cat who had been a puzzled observer of these unusual movements jumped into Zeena’s chair,rolled itself into ball, and lay watching them with narrowed eyes”(Wharton, pg 56 ). The cat symbolize society rejecting their passion for each other. The cat would represent Zeena regular tactics, as if she was presence, while they were together tempting an adulterous affair with each
Also, Zeena’s authority over Ethan is personified by the cat’s destructive presence during Ethan and Mattie’s secret dinner. There are many parallels between the cat and Zeena, which is demonstrated by the cat’s spy like, distrusting behavior. We see the the cat is Zeena’s solider, when the cat “backs into the pickle dish, and it falls to the floor with a crash” (Wharton 32). Zeena was the one to ruin the marriage, but she still wants to keep Ethan . The cat then “jumped into Zeena’s chair, rolled itself into a ball, and lay watching them [Ethan and Mattie] with narrowed eyes”
The cat symbolizes Zeena when she is not there. Edith Wharton used the Fromes’s cat to embody Zeena’s presence. The cat is usually there to come between Ethan and Mattie just like Zeena does. One day when Ethan and Mattie were eating together the cat had “jumped between them into Zeena’s empty chair” (73) to separate the two.
Her red scarf, lips, and ribbon all connected her to the symbolic object, the pickle dish. The pickle dish is first showed as Zeena's and Ethan's physical meaning of their marriage. Once Mattie comes into Ethan's sight of love, her presence destroys it. The way it happens in the story is that as Ethan and Mattie prepare for dinner the cat jumps onto the table and breaks the red pickle
At that moment, she started as a woman of faith then it later spunned into a confused soul questioning her faith. Moreover, I noticed the cat being a talked about character in the story. The cat is a symbol of the grandmother herself. All the characteristics the old woman portrayed, the cat has it as well. For the reason that, in the story after the car accident the cat clung to Bailey’s neck
He looks important. She feels intimidated and considers her situation, “Uh oh, I better leave him alone. He’s very big, and I’m so small.” Next to him is an older back and white female who looks bored, but accessible. “Hello” enquires Suzy timidly, “Can you tell me why all of us are here?”
The man ends up killing his wife instead of the cat and promptly buries her in the basement wall. The cat, who jumped into the wall, starts to howl when the police arrive and gives the man away. The theme in both stories is that of good versus evil. Evil lurks in the hearts of all, and sometimes people act upon it. The author develops this theme by using first person narration and symbolism.
In the story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’connor, symbolism is found in the grandmother's hat. For the grandmother, the most important thing is that she is considered a lady. The grandmother is a finely dressed woman who is more worried about herself than her family by stating, “In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.” (368) The hat, which represents her moral code, is damaged and falls apart during the car accident.
( talking with his mouth full ) Grettel: I have a bad feeling of this house. ( Questioned) Hansel: Well, all I 'm interested in the food. ( Taking mouthfuls of candy) Narrator:
The thought was so embarrassing that she turned red in the face and her eyes dilated and her feet jumped up, upsetting the valise in the corner. The instant the valise moved, the newspaper top she had over the basket under it rose with a snarl and Pitty Sing, the cat, sprang onto Bailey’s shoulder” (O’Connor 63). First, while in the ominous sounding Toomsboro, the grandmother makes the family search for the plantation. Then, she is overcome with embarrassment for making an error that she jostles the cat free. Because of these events, their vehicle crashes and then, consequently, the family gets
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.
In the life of Ethan Frome, Ethan had two women that played a large role in the middle of his life Mattie Silver and Zeena. Both of which ended being up his significant other at one point. The changing of roles, to Ethan, by Mattie and Zeena has lead these characters to become parallels. The first example of them being parallels is at the point where they are Ethan’s helping hand around the house. Zeena being the first, developed a relationship with Ethan.
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.