Within the American novella, authors such as Hawthorne and Wharton value the presence of the wilderness in their respective narratives, but to differing levels. The representation of wilderness within the authors’ narratives is used to express the inner most feelings of their characters, whilst being simultaneously presented as a physical threat that shapes the lives of others. Wilderness poses as something to be feared and is characterised in a hostile way, emphasising how some characters are in fact inextricable from...
Although in certain circumstances it can seem utterly impossible, joy can be found in many ways, even if it is in disguise. But, for Okonkwo and Ethan Frome joy was much harder to find than they both expected. They had to attempt to find elation by going to extreme measures. For both of these characters, the endless stress and pressure made them feel as if death was the only way for them to seek happiness. Both characters strong feelings of...
In this essay, I will be discussing how the theme of realism is present in Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, and how Lost in the Funhouse by John Barth represents the conventions of postmodernism. I will then explain how realism and postmodernism both depict what life was like during the period they originated despite the century-old age gap between the two. This essay will demonstrate how realism attempts to create scenarios that are similar to real-life and communicate elements of...
His concerns about money further emphasize his complete helplessness when taking chances; unlike him, Mattie’s father escaped rural Massachusetts although “he had died too soon to prove that the end justifies the means”, yet Ethan’s typical New England rigid code of ethics restrains him from looking after his own interests. After all, he agreed to marry Zeena only because of the fear of loneliness and silence he took after his mother. The tranquility of the landscape contrasts with his emotional...
In Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome, Ethan is a dark character whos past alters how he looks at life. Some say that his change occurred within himself. His own personal choices have led him to where he is now, but this is not true. People grow up learning from the ones around them. We are all affected by how others act, and we learn and grow from the people around us. Edith Wharton portrays Ethan as a victim of his social...
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In Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, Oedipus, the honorable and esteemed king of Thebes, bringssuffering upon his people through his unwitting murder of his father. In an ironic sense, Oedipus Rex serves as a precedent for tragic works such as The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Willams and Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, where the well intentioned actions of a singular character precipitate catastrophic events. The characters Amanda in The Glass Menagerie and Mattie in Ethan Frome unwittingly function as instruments of the...
Desire in both texts are found in most characters in both texts, particularly in the characters of Blanche and Ethan. Their desires can be seen as immoral in our times and in the context of the times the texts were written. Blanche desires her appearance to be youthful and beautiful, whilst Ethan desires Mattie who has youth and beauty. Blancher does not want to be revealed in the light of truth, preferring to be in the mysterious shadows of her...
Ethan Frome Edith Wharton 1911 Horror Fiction, Fantasy Characters: Mattie Silver: Protagonist. Mattie is Zeena’s cousin who moves in with her and Ethan who she shortly thereafter falls in love with. ‘Zeena’ Frome: Protagonist. Zeena is Ethan’s wife and they live a struggling and sad life. Despite every vile action acted against her she becomes the bigger person and takes care of Ethan and Mattie after their betrayal. Ethan Frome: Protagonist. Ethan is a farmer in Starkfield and is often...
Reading great literature can teach a great deal about aspects of life that we are unaware of. In Sharon Olds’ poem “The Victims”, In John Updike short story “A&P”, Edith Wharton novel Ethan Frome, we are given views of characters struggling with various emotions. Like anger, fear, resentment, bitterness, society values and loss of individuality. Letting people to be the causes of all these emotions tend to affect their own life making decisions and choices. Because, all they know is...
Particular events in a person’s life can shape who they are as a person and their irrational decisions later on in life. In the novel Ethan Frome, author Edith Wardon takes the reader on a journey through the development of each character. When a married-man named Ethan Fromegets tangled up in an affair with his wife’s cousin and caretaker, his life becomes complicated. Throughout the novel we see Ethan struggle with his love for Mattie while still being married to...