The Vitality Of The Climate And The Deadness Of Steinbeck 's Ethan Frome

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Starkfield; where “the vitality of the climate and the deadness of the community” perfectly affects a place where nature is the ruling factor (Wharton 7). Edith Wharton 's Ethan Frome depicts a town that is heavily affected by nature and through her rich language, Wharton creates a world that is abundant with imagery, but lacking in the development of characters. It 's people are a product of their environment and thus cannot escape it 's role in their lives. Thus nature in the novel is overpowering its characters. Due to these traits, this book is primarily a naturalistic text. Ethan Frome demonstrates naturalism through its depiction of characters, specific diction, and constant references to the environment throughout the course of the work. Characters in Ethan Frome are not fully developed, and when they are described to readers, it is not based on their personalities alone, but how their personalities relate to or are due to occurrences that took place around them. For example, readers are not offered depictions of what the characters truly look like, but are given traits based on the environment around them. An instance of this is when readers are offered an introduction to the character of Mrs. Ned Hale. There is no clear depiction of Mrs. Hale, but rather given this: she “had a certain wan refinement not out of keeping with her pale old-fashioned house”,this being stated after a long description of the home in which she lived (Wharton 9).As a character this is not…

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