Essay Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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Edith Wharton, a famous author of many outstanding books, wrote a chaotic love story entitled Ethan Frome. The story took place in the wintery town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. Wharton was a sophisticated young woman who found love in sitting down and holding people’s attention by way of a pen. Wharton wrote yet another thriller that told the tale of two love stricken people that barely found it possible to be together; which later forced them to fall into the temptation of love that cannot be controlled. Wharton had many different writing styles but for different books meant different needs. In Edith Wharton’s novel, Ethan Frome, frustration and loneliness play roles in disappointment while imagery, symbolism, and individual …show more content…
Even though the differences are so evident, they look past it for quite a while. Zeena has a beautiful cousin by the name of Mattie Silver whom Ethan really longs for. The love between Ethan and Mattie is the true cause for the accident that occurs in the book. There is “Frustration [that] is evident also in Ethan and Mattie’s longing for each other. Their physical contact is passionate but mostly limited to furtive handholding” (“Ethan”). Ethan is angry at the fact that he has to keep his real love a secret and his false love open. Frustration is arguably the reason to the madness throughout the novel. Loneliness is a feeling that nobody wants to feel because of the pain and suffering it brings but as life goes on one will feel lonely at some point. The narrator of the novel who remains without a name says, “I simply felt that he lived in a depth of moral isolation too remote for casual access, and I had the sense that his loneliness was not merely the result of his personal plight…” (Wharton 5). The narrator informs the readers that Ethan is a guy who just lives life in loneliness because he simply does not enjoy the life he has. Everyone at some point deserves to find the one that makes them the happiest and decide if he/she wants to spend the rest of their life with this person. Ethan is dreading the fact of his mother passing away and, “As Ethan’s mother’s dementia increases, she grows so silent that Ethan begs her to ‘say something.’ And in

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