His body and brain ached with indescribable weariness, and he could not think of nothing to say or do that should arrest the mad flight of the moments Wharton She sympathizes with Ethan about how difficult his life has been. Development[ edit ] The story of Ethan Frome had initially begun as a French-language composition that Wharton had to write while studying the language in Paris but several years later she took the story up again and transformed it into the novel it now is, basing her sense of New England culture and place on her 10 years of living at The Mount, her home in Lenox, Massachusetts.
I won't let you! The black wraith of a deciduous creeper flapped from the porch, and the thin wooden walls, under their worn coats of paint, seemed to shiver in the wind that had risen with the ceasing of the snow Once Ethan and Mattie decide to take their lives, as if to suggest that something will go wrong, the sky is described as, "swollen with clouds that announce a thaw, hung as low as before a summer storm" Wharton Often when they are together, he fantasizes that Zeena is dead and that he and Mattie live together in blissful devotion.
Throughout the entire story, Zeena is described as sickly. The final chapter or epilogue again unnumbered like the prologueswitches back to the first-person narrator point of view of the prologue, as Frome and his visitor, the narrator, enter the Frome household two decades later.
Ethan took an immediate propensity to her cousin, Mattie, because she brought a bright light upon his dismal day. The light, on a level with her chin, drew out of the darkness her puckered throat and the projecting wrist of the hand that clutched the quilt, and deepened fantastically the hollows and prominences of her high-boned face under its ring of crimping-pins.
The Narrator An engineer working on a job at the power-house at Corbury Junction. Where Ethan was once uplifted by virtue of Mattie's being, he is now burdened by her very presence.
Ethan, miserable at the thought of losing Mattie and worried sick about her fate, considers running away with Mattie, but he lacks the money to do so. Their tragic lives are overshadowed by gloom and hopelessness, in much the same way that winter stunts the growth and vitality of nature's creations.
When Ethan requests that Hale extend him an advance on a lumber load, Hale is forced to politely refuse, citing his own financial constraints. Zenobia Pierce represents a character that is bitter and cold, making everyone around her miserable.
The prologue, which is neither named as such nor numbered, opens with an unnamed male narrator spending a winter in Starkfield while in the area on business.
Wharton portrays Zeena as a wretched creature when she states: The downtrodden image painted in this quotation describes the environment, as well as describing Ethan. The aborted suicide attempt leads to their tragic fate, living a life of physical suffering, so badly injured that former invalid, Zeena is forced to care for them.
There is striking symbolism in the imagery, predominantly that of winter which connotes frigidity, detachment, bleakness and seclusion.
The total lack of communication between the "silent" couple is a significant factor in Ethan's miserable marriage. A girl named Hazel Crosby was killed in the accident. He is happy only when imagining his life with Mattie.
Sickly Zeena is able to manipulate her husband using her frail health to justify her bitter personality. Wharton seems to depict her ex-husband, Edward Wharton, through the remarkable details she uses to characterize Zeena.
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This book written by Edith Wharton tells the story of Ethan Frome who had been injured in a "smash up" some years previously.
A flashback shows the story of Frome falling in love with his wife's cousin Mattie (who reciprocates his affections) who has come to care for her when she falls ill.
Essay Analysis Of The Novel ' Ethan Frome ' Edith Wharton’s novel, Ethan Frome, takes place in the fictional, small town of Starkfield. The novel is divided into three main parts: a twelve page introduction, nine short chapters, and a brief conclusion.
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