Ethan insists that he will take Mattie to the train station himself. Since they have to use horse and buggy transportation it takes longer and they have to leave early for town. Also when the heavy perpetual snow falls on Corbury flat the railroad closes down because the trains will become blocked and trapped by the snow. In Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, the atmosphere is not limited to the weather, but also in the environment of the main characters household. Mattie makes supper and retrieves from a high shelf Zeena's treasured pickle dish, which Zeena, in a symbol of her stingy nature, never uses, in order to protect it.
The final chapter or epilogue again unnumbered like the prologue , switches back to the first-person narrator point of view of the prologue, as Frome and his visitor, the narrator, enter the Frome household two decades later. And what good had come of it? With the arrival of Mattie, a cousin of Zeena, their lives changed radically. I was worried that I would have my usually difficult time getting involved with this book. As Ethan expects, Hale declines to pay him then. Not only is the snow harsh but it acts as a barrier to many of the residents keeping them stuck in the harsh climate. However, they still argue over whether or not Ethan Frome is responsible for his tragic fate.
Because she was more educated than most Starkfield townspeople, there was a wedge between them. They provide The Narrator with bits and pieces of information about Ethan, which make him even more intrigued with the story of Ethan's life. Despite injuries from the smash-up, including a permanent limp, Ethan manages to support the three of them by resuming working on the farm and in the sawmill. The symbols used by Wharton in Ethan Frome reinforce the themes of silence, isolation, and entrapment; feelings that Ethan experiences in his marriage. Starkfield is known for its many harsh winters that leave the inhabitants bitter and in harsh condition. This assumption is justified by the fact that Mattie's only job is a maid and Zeena has only been a housewife in the years that she has spent with Ethan, which has been the majority of her life.
Winter and snow is often used when feelings of happiness may need to be expressed, but in this story, and as one can see from the quote above, winter is a dread. In Ethan Frome, however, Edith Wharton reinvents the use of setting as an integral element of the story. Must he wear out all his years at the side of a bitter querulous woman? But, while Starkfield is modeled on a fairly specific place New England , we can also think of it as any place that a person gets stuck in, any place where it seems impossible to stay, and impossible to leave. It is described in the very beginning of the story and all throughout. The effect of winter seems to enhance the dreadfulness of certain.
He develops into a very interesting character as he faces difficult decisions to run away with the love of his life, Mattie Silver. It's as if by the time the characters have recovered from one winter, another is already on their heels. The following day, Ethan rushes through his work, then home to glue the red dish together before Zeena returns home. End your research paper worries in less than 5 Minutes! At the beginning of the story, the reader, from the following quote, finds out that Ethan is crippled from a smash-up:The smash-up it was—I gathered from the same informant—which, besides drawing the red gash across Ethans Fromes forehead, had so shortened and warped his right side that it cost him a visible effort to take the few steps from his buggy to the post-office window. What's just around the corner from February? Kate Spencer suffered from a hip injury in the accident and also had facial injuries.
Ethan is effected in many ways and aspects by the setting. These four days are the culmination of a year of attraction between Ethan and Mattie, and also of a terrible tragedy. They crashed into a lamppost while sledding down Courthouse Hill in Lenox. After his mother's death, Ethan couldn't imagine being alone again on the farm, so he married Zeena. Zeena, who had at her fingers' ends the pathological chart of the whole region, had cited many cases of the kind while she was nursing his mother; and he himself knew of certain lonely farm-houses in the neighborhood where stricken creatures pined, and of others where sudden tragedy had come of their presence. He had often thought since that it would not have happened if his mother had died in spring instead of winter.
It was the sense of his helplessness that sharpened his antipathy. Panicked, Ethan rushes into town to try to get a cash advance from a customer for a load of lumber in order to have the money with which to abscond with Mattie. Transportation is effected in many ways in this novel. Mattie seamed to know a great deal more about the pickle dish than Ethan did. Historically, this time period is marked as one of great change with innovations in communication, manufacturing, and travel technologies.
The color red, the pickle dish and other symbols are what helped shape the novel. Ethan and Zeena's relationship is related to the coldness of the Starkfield winters. Winter greatly affects the actions and behaviors of the characters. This can be a geographical location, a state of mind, a building or a city, or tiny kitchen on a broken down farm. As a result, Ethan, who has secretly fallen in love with Mattie, completes many of her chores. Mattie is taken to Mrs. The figurative language used by Wharton includes metaphors and similes.
This causes the narrator to look somewhere else fro his daily transportation. Spring time in Starkfield is dimly remembered because it is the seemingly short period to recover from the harsh winter prior and prepare for the next. The setting of the novella by , Ethan Frome, that of the harsh New England winter, not only provides the backdrop of the story but also adds depth to the characters and provides a glimpse into their reasoning. This is the broad backdrop of the novella. This is perhaps to emphasize that Starkfield has the absolute worst kind of winters you can imagine.