Edith Bouvier Beale

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  • Little Edie Film Analysis

    later became the title of the film. Lee Radziwill, the sister of former First Lady Jackie Kennedy, approached the filmmakers in hopes of capturing the haunts of her childhood (Sutton, 2014), but the lens quickly shifted from Radziwill to her aunt, Edith “Big Edie” Beale, and cousin, “Little Edie.” The film falls within the participatory mode of documentary, which focuses on, “the interaction between the filmmaker and subject” (Nichols 2010, pg. 31). Dialogue between the filmmakers and the women classifies as diegetic sound, as it, “has a source in the story world” (Bordwell, Smith, Thompson 2016, pg. 285). The film relies mostly on this type of sound, other than sporadic non-diegetic background music. As a participatory film, the directors control elements of the mise-en-scene, such as the setting, costumes, and figure behavior, to their advantage. In the Maysles…

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  • Ethan Frome Reflection

    snow storm came which causes the reader to stay at Ethan’s house till it passed. When you first get to the house you see a black scarf hanging outside which cause you to since “The hopelessness, endless gray, blank despair” (Stevenson, Pascha Antrence411) at the house before you enter. When you finally get inside you can hear someone coughing in the back of the house. When you stop here in a book it leaves you wondering who this person is in the room coughing. Then when you get further in the…

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  • Ethan Frome's Predisposition To Defeat

    An Analysis of Ethan Frome 's Predisposition to Defeat In Edith Wharton 's novel Ethan Frome, a crippling "smash up" coasting "accident" traps Ethan Frome and his wife Zenobia as well as his housemaid Mattie Silver in their bleak farmhouse for 24 years. Starkfield, a small city that has devastating winters, is where the story takes place. A city where anybody who lives there, does not have many opportunities. This can be seen in the book when Harmon Gow, an onlooker, says, "Guess he 's been in…

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  • Henry David Thoreau And Mccandless Comparison

    Though they lived centuries apart from one another, Christopher McCandless and Henry David Thoreau both uncovered the importance of living simplistically by retreating to the woods. When Thoreau first arrived at the house that he was to be staying at by Walden Pond, the first thing he noted was that the house was quite dilapidated. The walls were stained by the weather and had quite a few holes in them, causing the nights to be cold. The house also had no plastering nor a chimney, and the entire…

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  • The Theme Of Obligation In Wharton's Ethan Frome

    Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton is a tragic novella following Ethan Frome as he attempts to express his feelings for the one he truly loves, Mattie Silver. Ethan, however, is already married and feels obligated to care for his wife, Zeena. Over their 7 year marriage, Zeena has fallen perpetually ill and requires more aid than Ethan can give. In order to provide her the help she needs, they hire Mattie Silver, Zeena’s cousin. Zeena’s illness harks back to Ethan’s mother’s illness, from which Zeena…

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  • The Tragic Hero In Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton

    In the case of Ethan Frome, the fictional protagonist highlighted in the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, life had never been able to live up to his expectations. Frome aspired to escape his dreary hometown of Starkfield, Massachusetts and distinguish himself in a big city as an engineer, but these dreams were put on hold when his mother fell ill and Frome was left to care for her. When Frome met Zeena, a fellow caregiver of his mother and his future wife, he saw that she could be the perfect…

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  • An Analysis Of Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome

    Edith Wharton, author of “Ethan Frome,” wrote a twisted love story that ends tragically. Mattie Silver moves to Starkfield MA with her cousin, Zeena Frome and her husband Ethan Frome. She moves in with them in after her father dies. After a while, Mattie and Ethan fall in love. They try to commit suicide together and are unsuccessful and are permanently disabled. From the events that have taken place, Mattie Silver changes from taking care of others, to having to be taken care of. Mattie Silver…

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  • Ethan Frome Analysis

    In pieces of literature, romance is often used in order to create a plot in which one or more characters must follow a path of actions in order to find their true love. A character’s discovery of his or her true love may occur early on or later in their journey. An author may elongate or stress the “journey” in order to create a climax where the tension between two characters reach a peak. An example of such a technique used by an author is the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. Although it…

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  • Sexism In The House Of Mirth, By Edith Wharton

    Their purpose: entertain the men. The novel, The House of Mirth, by Edith Wharton, contains several characters which represent the women of this time period well; one being Miss Lily Bart. Lily clearly understands her role of a woman. “Who wants a dingy woman? We are expected to be pretty and well-dressed till we drop- and if we can’t keep it up alone, we have to go into partnership” (Wharton 8). Lily feels that she is trapped in the position she is in. Young women were under much pressure to…

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  • The Use Of Imagery In Ethan Frome, By Edith Wharton

    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…

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