Ethan Frome by Suzanne Pavlos

By Suzanne Pavlos

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CliffsNotes on Ethan Frome explores existence within the own legal designed by means of the lead personality, a “ruin of a guy” who might otherwise be depressing together with his lot in lifestyles than stray from authorized social convention.

Following the tale of a terrible farmer whose devotion to responsibility and worry of humiliation hold him from tasting happiness, this examine consultant presents summaries and commentaries for every bankruptcy inside of this tragic story. different beneficial properties that assist you determine this significant paintings include

  • Life and heritage of writer Edith Wharton
  • Introduction to the radical, with a synopsis and personality map
  • Full personality checklist and analyses of imperative figures
  • Critical essays at the author’s type, selection of literary instruments, and use of themes
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Repetitive patterns of imagery are an important part of Ethan Frome. Identify several repetitive patterns or sequences. How do these repetitive patterns help the reader interpret character and action? 3. Explain how the setting of Ethan Frome contributes to the telling of the story. 4. Compare Zeena and Mattie both physically and psychologically at the beginning of the story. Compare them again at the end of the story. What ironic twist does Wharton provide? 5. Why does Wharton attempt to reproduce the New England dialect of some of the characters?

His self-deceptive optimism about Mattie takes over his thoughts, and despite his earlier realization that Zeena’s decision is unchangeable, he decides that things are not hopeless and that he can find a way to keep Mattie at home with him. At breakfast when Zeena confirms to Jotham that Mattie would definitely be leaving, Ethan’s subservience to her is again evident. He does not mention his thoughts or intentions. He fails, once again, to assert himself over his wife. Critical Commentaries: Chapters 8–9 37 Again, Ethan feels defeated.

Several times she asks Ethan if Zeena’s intention is to send her away. Mattie experiences an internal conflict when Zeena finally does want Mattie out of the house. Mattie doesn’t know what she will do. She isn’t trained: She has no money, and no connections to help her find employment. When Ethan takes Mattie to the train station (which they never reach), she declares her love for him and admits that she doesn’t think she can live without Ethan. Their aborted suicide attempt transforms Mattie forever.

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