characters ☆ Ethan Frome 104

characters Ethan Frome

characters ☆ Ethan Frome 104 ð The classic novel of despair forbidden emotions and sexual undercurrents set against the austere New England countrysideEthan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult suspicious and hypochondriac wife Zeena But when Zeena's vivacious cousin enters their householEst and most intense narratives Edith Wharton moves this ill starred trio toward their tragic destinies Different in both tone and theme from Wharton's other works Ethan Frome has become perhaps her most enduring and most widely read bo. Hey Mrs Kinetta are you still inflicting all that horrible Ethan Frome damage on your students John Cusack Grosse Pointe Blank If you're looking for a book with an ever increasing level of misery this one is hard to beat Try this test the next time you're with a group of your friends just mention Ethan Frome out loud and see how many of them groan audibly

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The classic novel of despair forbidden emotions and sexual undercurrents set against the austere New England countrysideEthan Frome works his unproductive farm and struggles to maintain a bearable existence with his difficult suspicious. Spoilers follow This is a romantic tragedy that culminates in a sledding accident I will just say a few brief words about that First there is probably a reason that sledding accidents don't figure prominently in tragedies Shakespeare wrote like 13 tragedies and to the best of my knowledge none featured a sledding accident I have not read Titus Andronicus so I can't be sure If Shakespeare doesn't need to include a sled wreck then neither do youI will also say that I found Ethan and Mattie's attempted double suicide by sledding a little hard to take seriously I mean there are probably dozens of reasons that serious people don't rank sled tree collisions on their Top 5 List of preferred suicide methods but certainly the fact that adult doubles sledding is inherently ridiculous is one Another that springs to mind is the unreliability of trying to kill yourself by sledding into a tree Ethan ends up breaking his legs and paralyzing Mattie which is pretty much the best you can realistically hope to do if you sled into a tree Really I find it remarkable that Edith Wharton's reputation survived Ethan Frome and his sled antics It makes me want to read House of Mirth because it must be REALLY REALLY goodAs a side note this is exactly the kind of ridiculous melodramatic bullshit I always had to read in high school Teachers getting all worked up about the symbolism of the New England winter and failing to understand why 16 year olds don't respond to the tragedy of star crossed lovers doubling each other into a tree on a sled Please

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Ethan FromeAnd hypochondriac wife Zeena But when Zeena's vivacious cousin enters their household as a hired girl Ethan finds himself obsessed with her and with the possibilities for happiness she comes to representIn one of American fiction's fin. spoilers what spoilersi have changed my stance on the cover a initially i thought that it was showing an altogether different type of activity and then b when ariel called it a spoiler i reinterpreted it to something else and was still wrong and then c everything that may potentially be spoiled is pretty much spelled out in the first ten pages so is that a spoiler or is that foreshadowing tomato potatowhat is so excellent about this book is that it is not at all a depressing book while you are reading it it is an intensely hopeful book but then gutpunch the depressing bits happen offscreen after all the meat of the story has been digested this metaphor is escaping me but in the lacuna between when the story ends and the nosy new kid narrator in town comes on the scene such a fantastic new england type character hi i just moved in tell me all your neighbor's secrets the tragic bits are in imagining what these characters went through between point a and point b so shivery horrible and that kind of story is right up my alley great description great pacing simple story but haunting and devastating longing and aftermath i love aftermathi liked this much than summer and i may read wharton based on the strength of this one hmmm who could i find to advise mecome to my blog