Wharton develops detailed emotions and detailed descriptions of Ethan which gives a strong impact to the reader. Without this convenient blizzard, the Narrator may have never had the opportunity to be alone with Ethan, and therefore never had the opportunity for Ethan to tell him the full story. In Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, Ethan wants to have a secure future in his town but desires a more intellectual profession and passionate spouse. Ethan realizes his powerlessness and weakness. This first sequence of circumstances. Her changed circumstances don't seem to have hardened her heart — until after the accident.
Just before, we learn that Mattie had fantasized about running away with Ethan some eight or nine months ago. This essay will show how Edith Wharton uses seasonal symbolism to heighten the tragedy in the novel. As the novel unfolds, the reader experiences delight, sympathy, and hate at certain points. He hears noises inside the house, and the door opens. Suddenly, Ethan proposes that they embark on their sledding adventure right away, reassuring Mattie that the hired girl can wait for them at the station.
Ethan fears that Mattie might know how he feels, but he also despairs of her not knowing. She cried at this discovery, showing her human side. Ethan feels compassion for her believing that she may have a serious illness. When Ethan arrives home, he shows Mattie the glue and intends to repair the dish but Mattie stops him. Analysis: Wharton shows the difficulties of repressed and illicit passion, passion without any possible outlet.
Apparently Mattie's father, who found wealth and power, had stolen from the very relatives on whom Mattie is now dependent. This helps to give a brief overview on what is coming up. She was no farm girl, and her own upbringing had been in the privileged world of New York aristocrats. She came to be the help for Ethan's wife, Zeena; in exchange for her housekeeping, Mattie gets free room and board, but receives no pay. The Narrator speculates that the winters in Ethan's past must have brought about a suppression of life and spirit. However, if there had been a late snow fall after mid march it is quite possible Sirius … could have been visible on the horizon.
Although the framing narrative and the story embedded within it are told by the same unnamed. After a hard day of work the extra two miles to and from town is tiring, but Ethan loves the time alone with Mattie. If Ethan and Mattie are still in love and still living with Zeena, then it sounds like the situation is truly awful. Ethan once again becomes powerless when Zeena realizes he lied about the dish to protect Mattie. A young engineer from outside of town narrates the beginning of the story. However, as Ethan and Mattie begin to get comfortable, disaster strikes when the cat breaks Zeena's cherished pickle dish. Speaking of the dish, when Zeena finds it broken and put back together but not glued , she comes unglued.
Coasting on the hill is a spirited pastime for young couples in the small town. He saw how helpful and generous Zeena was and therefore married her. In the novel Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, it tells a story of a futile love between Ethan Frome and Mattie Silver. Mattie tells her the truth and Zeena scolds her. Ethan From, the main character in the Edith Wharton novel Ethan From, is a man who lives in a world of silence. Zeena leaves the room carrying the pickle dish as if it were a dead body.
Wharton's novel includes many archetypes indicative of a classic fairytale. Ethan assures Mattie that he will mend the dish during the night so Zeena will not find out it was broken. The use of irony in the novel, especially in the climatic sledding scene, greatly adds to the development of the tragedy. This full story is what makes up the large majority of the book and plot. The going gets quite rough, until it becomes clear that making it all the way back to town is impossible.
They often talk of going sledding together. They send her to take care of Zeena Frome, her ill cousin. Zeena's wish to have Mattie out of the house will destroy the false sense of security that Ethan has felt and will break the illusion that he and Mattie will be able to endure Zeena together. The narrator sees Ethan Frome by chance outside the Starkfield post office, and Frome immediately makes a great impression on him. Ethan and Mattie are speeding down the hill towards the elm to what they believe will be their deaths. In the first conversation that the two have in the novel, sledding becomes one of the first topics. He had been though many unfortunate events.
. There are numerous themes and conflicts throughout the context. This transformation is foreshadowed in the scene where Mattie and Ethan have their night alone. Ethan is unable to challenge Zeena, even to stand up for Mattie. He sees Mattie waiting for him, but he is suddenly overcome with nervousness and shyness. The first night Zeena is gone; Mattie takes out the plate and uses it during dinner.