Analysis Of The Novel ' Ethan Frome ' By Edith Wharton Essay

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Ethan Frome, a fiction novel written by Edith Wharton relies on the setting of Starkfield, Massachusets to shape its inhabitants’ lives, their behaviors, and decisions. Starkfield provides a cold, lonely, and dark, isolated atmosphere, allowing Wharton to portray the characters in the novel as miserable and feeling trapped. The characters’ lives become unwanted, broken records similar to the continuous and never changing setting and climate of Starkfield. The use of imagery illustrated in the novel prolongs this repetitiveness and results in the demise of all of the characters, from the beginning of the novel until the very last page. The main character, Ethan Frome suffers from his loveless marriage within lifeless Starkfield, but no matter how hard he tries to heal his heart with love, and glue the pieces back together it falls apart once again. The irony and foreshadowing outlined in the novel also revolves around the negative, dark vibe of the town’s setting. Characters rely on the aid of others throughout the novel and the vicious cycle of being confined in Starkfield is emphasized. The emptiness of Starkfield, Massachusetts deteriorates lives and leads people to travel down the wrong path, a path that brings light to the hopeful discovery of unity and love, but in the end represents a path that permanently anchors two people in a gray and dreary existence.
Life on the Frome farm depicts a broken down family whose home reeks with an underlying tension of utter boredom…

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