Critics did take note of this when reviewing the book. Mattie reacts with shock but rapid acceptance, trying to calm Ethan, while Ethan becomes more agitated and begins to insist that he will not let her go.
After a year of marriage, Zeena became well known to the people in Starkfield for her "sickliness. The final chapter or epilogue again unnumbered like the prologueswitches 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.
Zeena retreats upstairs, proclaiming her illness, and refusing supper because she is not hungry. The situation existing in the House of Frome is an odd one and his natural curiosity spurs him to start an informal investigation into the life of Ethan Frome.
Ethan insists that he will take Mattie to the train station himself. Her misery over her plight and dependence has embittered and "soured" her, and, with roles reversed, Zeena is now forced to care for her as well as Ethan.
The narrator hears a complaining female voice, and it is easy to assume that it belongs to the never-happy Zeena, but in the final twist of the story, it emerges that it is in fact Mattie, who now lives with the Fromes due to having been paralyzed in the accident.
He returned to Starkfield, Massachusetts to care for his mother and to run the family farm and sawmill. When the dance lets out, Ethan hangs back to keep his presence unknown.
After "Something Exquisite" was rejected by Burlingame, she lost confidence in herself. However, the problems that the characters endure are still consistently the same, where the protagonist has to decide whether or not to fulfill their duty or follow their heart. Mattie is given the occasional night off to entertain herself in town as partial recompense for helping care for the Fromes, and Ethan has the duty of walking her home.
Mattie is a lost soul as well. She collaborated with Marie Tempest to write another play, but the two only completed four acts before Marie decided she was no longer interested in costume plays. Travels and life abroad[ edit ] Photographic portrait of Edith Wharton She would eventually cross the Atlantic sixty times.
The following day, Ethan rushes through his work, then home to glue the red dish together before Zeena returns home. Read an in-depth analysis of Mattie Silver. This book seems to attract a mixture of positive and negative reviews today much the same way it did when it was first published.
Because Zeena was not required to take care of anyone, she began to show the symptoms of sickness that Ethans mother was described to have had.
Ethan falls in love with Mattie, but is not able to express his feelings at first because of Zeena. The main story, which describes the three and a half days before and including Ethan and Mattie's sledding accident, is written in third person — an omniscient narration that allows Wharton to relate the thoughts and feelings of all the characters.
Ethan and Mattie would have run away together if not for their economic conditions. The reader then finds out that Zeena, Ethans wife, is actually his cousin who came to Starkfield to take care of Ethans mother, and she never left after his mother passed away.
She began writing Ethan Frome in the early s when she was still married. Unfortunately, the suicide attempt was futile and Mattie and Ethan both survive. He arrives at the village church, where lights in the basement reveal a dance.
The narration switches from the first-person narrator of the prologue to a limited third-person narrator. Edith Wharton uses symbols as a literary element to convey the themes in Ethan Frome. One of the recurrent symbols in Ethan Frome is that of winter.
It represents the sterility of Ethan’s life.
Edith Wharton was born Edith Newbold Jones on January 24, A film version of the novel Ethan Frome starring Joan Crawford was proposed but never came to fruition.
Ethan Frome (99 minutes) Edith Wharton: an extraordinary life. New York: Harry N. Abrams. Finding himself laid up in the small New England town of Starkfield for the winter, the narrator sets out to learn about the life of a mysterious local named Ethan Frome, who had a tragic accident some twenty years earlier.
In Edith Wharton work is the long tale Ethan Frome (), which exploits the grimmer possibilities of the New England farm life she observed from her home in Lenox, Massachusetts. The protagonist, the farmer Ethan Frome, is married to a whining hypochondriac but falls in love with her cousin, Mattie.
Edith Wharton is an American author of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In her novella Ethan Frome, Wharton uses symbolism as a means of developing the theme of her story. Ethan Frome drove in silence, the reins loosely held in his left hand, his brown seamed profile, under the helmet-like peak of the cap, relieved against the banks of snow like .The life of ethan frome an edith wharton novel