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Ethan Frome

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Courtney Hugo

on 21 December 2016

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Transcript of Ethan Frome

Ethan Frome
Edith Wharton
The novella
Stories use dramatic irony and wit.
Novels and stories have social and psychological insight.
Works often critique upper-class turn-of-the-century society.
The House of Mirth
The Age of Innocence
(1920) - novel that won her the Pulitzer Prize.
Ethan Frome
Pulitzer Prize - First American woman to win for short story writing
Nominated for Nobel Prize in Literature in 1927, 1928, and 1930
Received honorary doctorate degree from Yale University in 1923.

American Novella
First written in French!
Surprise! She's wealthy - writing about the poor?
Small isolated village - New England

Time and Place
Village populations declining
Farming difficult - hilly and rocky, infertile soil, short growing season - dang, it's cold!
Trekking west
Factories springing up - Industrial Rev.
Shoe and woolen goods - thrive
Typical NE farm
Land for crops
Shelter for family and animals
Storage for food and tools
Main house, barn (or two), ice house, stable and carriage shed, chicken shed, sheep barn, pigsty, apple barn, sap house, silo - and farmers had to build themselves!
Few women educated or career bound
Family business
Divorce rates low (7%)
Married for various reasons
Frame Story
Ethan Frome - story within a story
Narration by a visitor (engineer)
Inner story - events that lead to the climatic accident
Interruption of chronological sequence
Interjecting events from past
Explain exposition
Contribute to main events and plot

1st person
Reliable, unreliable
3d person
by Edith Wharton
January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937
Born into wealth - NY and Europe.
At 23, married Edward Wharton
Teddy suffered from depression/mental illness.
Divorced him in 1913.
Moved to France.
Friends with such people as Henry James, Sinclair Lewis, and Theodore Roosevelt
Died in France in 1937. Buried in the American Cemetery in Versailles.
Main Characters
Ethan Frome
Mattie Silver
Zeena Frome
Read the Notes and Introduction
What? This is totally normal.
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