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Volume 2 Issue 12

June 2015

Striking but Stifled: Ethan Frome in Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome
Ms. Seetha Balakrishnan, 
Language Instructor, 
English Language Centre, 
Jazan University, 
Jizan, Jizan, Saudi Arabia
Abstract
In 1911, Edith Wharton published a short novel with which her name has since been linked and which sometimes threatens to obtain the whole of her niche in the history of American literature. In writing Ethan Frome Wharton felt for the first time the artisan’s full control of the implements. Ethan Frome has an image of life-in-death, and of hell-on-earth. It portrays the “rigors of life in a harsh land, with its rocky soil, its cold winters, and its bleak, desolate beauty” (Mcdowell 72). The crippled Ethan, and Zeena, his dreadful wife, and Mattie Silver, the once charming girl he loved, now bedridden and querulous with pain, all live out their death in the kitchen of the desolate Frome farm. This reveals a perpetual suffering caused by a moment of passion.
Keywords
Ethan Frome; Desolation; Ethan Frome; Edith Wharton.
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