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  • Wharton's Description Of Ethan's Feelings Toward Zeena
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    PURPOSE: To examine the character of Zenobia Pierce in the novel "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton. AUDIENCE: Readers who have not read the book "Ethan Frome and Other Short Fiction" and are interested in the character of Zenobia Pierce, Ethan Frome's wife. THESIS: Zenobia Pierce represents a character that is bitter and cold, making everyone around her miserable. Pam Thomason Professor Juanita Davis Humanities English 120 February 18, 1999 The Character of Zenobia Pierce in Wharton's "Ethan Frome ...
  • Wharton's Novel Ethan Frome
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    Nathan Wesmier 1/2901 2nd Period Ethan Frome Essay Edith Wharton's novel Ethan Frome is a domestic tragedy. The three main characters are Ethan Frome, Zeena Frome, and Mattie Silver. The uselessness of poverty, mean spirited ness, and grim silence are all present in the tragedy of Ethan Frome. The story takes place in a stark winter landscape, Starkfield, Massachusetts, where the lives of all the characters are constricted. At each turn the circumstances of rural poverty, mixed with the bitterne...
  • Ethan's Marriage With Zeena
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    Ethan Frome is lead by desire however controlled by duty. Ethan is a self-contradicting character. Ethan is firm and strong, however Ethan is also feeble and weak. Ethan desires Mattie however he is bound to his duty as a husband and tradition to Zeena. Ethan is strong in that he sticks to his duty, but Ethan shows his weakness when he is manipulated by Zeena. I find the season of winter to be a symbol for Ethan. A reference coming from the Dictionary of Symbols by Jack Tresidder defines the sea...
  • Stoic Silence Ethan And Zeena
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    In Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, Ethan, a reserved young man was torn between two women. He was married to Zenobia Frome, but his true love was his wife's cousin, Mattie Silver. Zeena and Mattie were different in all aspects. Mattie was a caring, loving, beautiful young girl, while Zeena was a sickly, shrewish woman aged well beyond her years. Ethan was continuously drawn to Mattie throughout the novel, as she was much more attractive and amicable than Zeena. In the novel light was an important ...
  • Mattie And Ethan
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    Everybody has tragic flaws. Some of the decisions that we make in life have an everlasting impact. Edith Wharton, author of Ethan Frome, writes about Ethan Frome, a man troubled by his own decisions. Ethan, married to Zeena Frome, has an affair with Zeena's cousin, Mattie Silver, leaving him stranded between the two. In his effort to have his clandestine affair with Mattie and cover up so Zeena would not find out, Ethan manifests qualities of fear, desperation, and impracticality. Ethan has many...
  • Book And The Movie Ethan Frome
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    ETHAN FROME When books are made into movies many changes are made. The movie version of Ethan Frome does a descent job of turning the book by Edith Wharton into a movie. It makes many changes from the book that are necessary to turn the story into a movie. The most obvious difference from the book is the way the narrator is handled. In the book the narrator is a man that travels to Starkfield and looks for work. In the movie the narrator is Mattie's friend Ruth, who tells the story to Reverend S...
  • Ethan And Mattie Maimed And Zeena
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    Ethan Frome is a novel about the struggle of a man, Ethan Frome, who is caught in a love triangle. He is married to Zeena, whom he has never really loved. He married her because she helped him take care of his mother when she was sick. Soon after, Zeena became 'sickly. ' She was constantly sick or believed she was suffering from some illness. She drained Ethan's pockets of a good sum of money on medicines and doctors visits. Because Zeena was sick and could not do much work around the house, the...
  • Responsibilities And Obligations Toward Mattie And Zeena
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    Ethan Frome is the main character of Edith Wharton's tragic novel. Ethan lives the bitterness of his youth's lost opportunities, and dissatisfaction with his joyless life and empty marriage. Throughout the story Ethan is trapped by social limits and obligations to his wife. He lives an unhappy life with many responsibilities and little freedom. Ethan Frome studied science in college for a year and probably would have succeeded as an engineer or physicist had he not been summoned home to run the ...
  • Ethan's Cousin Zeena
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    Entrapment or Cowardice in Ethan Frome? Corey James HaygoodAmerican Studies Honors, Periods 3 & 4 Ms. Gossard 3/3/2000 Throughout Edith Wharton's novel Ethan Frome, Ethan is forced to make crucial decisions that affect the outcome of his life and others' lives. He regrets most of the outcomes of his decisions and wishes he could change them. Yet, when given the opportunity to change his fate, he never seems to fully seize what could become of him. It has been suggested that Ethan was a coward fo...
  • Zeena And Ethans Wedding As Mattie
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    I. Title: Ethan Frome II. Author: Edith Wharton. Genre: Novel IV. Setting: Starkfield, MA, 1880's-early 1900's V. Point of view of narration: The narrator is a person talking about Ethan Frome. VI. Main characters and brief description: A: Ethan Frome- Ethan is the protagonist of the story. Physically he is quite noticeable, for he is tall, bent, and pained-looking. Chapters one through nine talk about his earlier years, primarily a winter in his late twenties when he is a healthy young man. B: ...
  • Ethan's Last Failure
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    The main theme of the book Ethan Frome is failure. It is shown in three ways throughout the story: Ethan's marriage, him not being able to stand up to Zeena, and his involvement in the 'smash up'. Ethan marries Zeena so he won't be alone after his mother dies. She seemed like a very cheerful, vivacious person while his mother was sick. After their marriage all this changed. She became a very nagging, sick wife. Because of Zeena's 'complications' they had to hire someone to help around the house....
  • Ethan Lost Control Of His Life
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    Ethan Frome: Ethan Lost Control of His Life believe Ethan Frome lost control of his life when his mother died. After his mother's funeral, Ethan did not want to be left alone on the farm, so he asked Zeena to stay with him. At first, Ethan enjoys her company. However, Zeena soon becomes a nuisance to Ethan, and prevents him from becoming an engineer in a large city. After being married a year, Zeena becomes sick herself, and the only time she talks to Ethan is to complain or show her discontent....
  • Ethan And Mattie
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    The Destruction of Ethan Frome In this classic tale of Ethan Frome, written by Edith Wharton is set in a small town in Massachusetts, a farmer with no love for his dreary wife is given his forsaken fate. Ethan is married to Zeena, a nagging hypochondriac, and Mattie, a girl of relation to Zeena who does some housework and is very beautiful. The combination of Mattie and Zeena are Ethan Frome's downfall. His destruction was caused by his responsibility to Zeena and his love for Mattie. Ethan From...
  • One Night The Mattie And Ethan
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    Ethan Frome- Sequence of events This is a story of Ethan Frome and his tragic life in Starkfield, Massachusetts. This story takes place during the wintertime. Early in the story Ethan's mother passes away. After this incident Ethan marries his cousin Zeena because he thinks that he cannot live on his own. Once the two are married they hire a helping hand named Mattie Sliver whom is also Zeena's cousin. Ethan ends up realizing that he has no feelings for Zeena and that he is falling in love with ...
  • Winter Ethan
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    Man is constantly influenced the by the environment around him. This environment consists of many things, however climate and weather seem to have the most affect on human actions. Changes in temperature and season change the way people conduct their lives. Whether it is something as simple as dressing more warmly or less warmly or something as serious as hypothermia or frostbite society is controlled by the weather. In this way the seasons have to come represent different things in many culture...
  • Zeena On The Other Hand
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    Ethan Frome Essay Compare and Contrast the characters of Mattie and Zeena In the novel Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, the characters of Mattie Silver and Zeena Frome are dissimilar in many ways. Mattie is a compassionate, lively, outgoing woman who tries hard and has a positive outlook on life. Zeena, on the other hand, is a pessimistic, cold-hearted, and dull woman who is too self-absorbed to have fun in her life. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is Mattie's adventurous spirit com...
  • Ethan And Mattie
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    Maggie Morse Ethan Frome Essay Miss Elliot December 6, 2002 "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton is about a man named Ethan and his struggle to find happiness. He lives in a run down farm with his wife Zeena who thinks that she is sick. After Taking care of Zeena for six years they hire Mattie to help around the house, Ethan falls in love with her and they have a relationship suspicious to Zeena. This novel is quite similar to "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Some of the main similarities ...
  • Ethan And Mattie After Their Attempted Suicide
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    Gerard Moreno September 10, 1999 Ethan Frome Edith Wharton Novel Charles Scribner's Sons United States of America 1939 Plot Summary This book begins with a Prologue and ends with an Epilogue. It begins with the narrator stuck in the snow and unable to get home. Ethan Frome gives him a ride to his house so he can stay there and sleep unit the storm dies down. The narrator has always been curious about Ethan Frome and others in the New England town that they lived in. During the narrator's short s...
  • Ethan's Last Wrong Decision
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    With every fantasy comes a sacrifice but with every sacrifice comes a commitment. There are many ways in which a person can take these commitments and turn them into his fantasies. In the novel Ethan Frome, written by, Edith Wharton, Ethan looks at the decisions that he has made and the commitments that are required, that lead to his misery. Ethan's misery however is the result of the poor choices that makes- Leaving Florida, Marrying Zeena, And taking that last ride with Mattie. For instance, E...
  • Symbolism The Novel Ethan Frome
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    Ethan From: Symbolism The novel Ethan Frome is a dramatic story based on the love triangle between Ethan, his wife Zeena and their housekeeper Mattie Silver. The novel introduces multiple themes and conflicts throughout its context. Within these themes of love, poverty and isolation, the author introduces three distinct symbols. The outdoors, bedroom and kitchen come to mean much more than originally believed as the novel progresses. These three symbols highlight the major conflicts that arise t...

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