Michael Mayer. 9th ed. Boston: Bedford/ St. Martin’s, 2012. 551. Print Farries, Helen.
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Edna Pontellier is an ordinary wife and mother, but craves for so much more. As a woman living in the late 1800s, she wants to be free to express herself however she wants, even if that includes pursuing her forbidden love, Robert. Likewise, Ethan Frome is a quiet man living in the early 1900s who feels beleaguered by Zeena, his sick and irritated wife. As the story progresses, he realizes he is falling in love with Mattie Silver, the youthful and energetic girl who moves in with the Fromes to help care for Zeena. The second noticeable similarity between the two novels is that both protagonists attempt suicide at the climax of the story.
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