Edith Wharton, "Ethan Frome" Analytical Essay by The Research Group

Edith Wharton, "Ethan Frome"
Examines the author's life and the novel's themes, social views, characters, crises and philosophy.
# 19939 | 2,250 words | 7 sources | 1993 | US
Published on Mar 01, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)


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"Edith Wharton's novella Ethan Frome was first published in 1911. The title character of the book is a poor man who has a sickly wife, Zeena. Ethan is frustrated in his efforts to help his wife as well as in his inability to express his love for her young cousin, Mattie. Because of his poverty and social conditioning, Ethan is trapped "into a world of self.destruction" ("Women and Literature: ..." 48). However, Ethan Frome is not the only character who suffers during the story. Both Zeena and Mattie are also trapped by social conditions. In fact, the plight of these women is made worse by the fact that they are never given a chance to express how they feel. The strict male point of view in the narration of Ethan Frome helps reflect the treatment that women experienced during that time in history.

Edith Wharton is one of the most important women writers in ..."

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