Edith Wharton Essays

  • Edith Wharton

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    Biographical Summary Edith Wharton lived a very interesting life. She had grown up in a relatively high class family. She had some trouble in her relationship though. Most of her novels are written about her past life experiences. Although she did have challenges to face, Edith Wharton ended up extremely well. On January 24, 1862, Edith Wharton was born in New York City. Her parents are George Fredric Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander. They were descents from English and Duitch colonists who

  • Expectations Of Edith Wharton

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    Mrs. Gaede English II-A1 2 May 2014 Edith Wharton: Women’s’ Place and Expectations in Old New York On January 24, 1862, Edith Wharton was born to George Frederic Jones and Lucretia Stevens Rhinelander in New York City. Wharton’s family were decedents of English and Dutch colonists who had made fortunes in shipping, selling and banking. Wharton, the youngest and only girl of 3 children, spoke 3 languages and was taught by a series of governesses. Because Wharton was taught only with the intention

  • Isolation In The Dilettante, By Edith Wharton

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    Defying the expectation is hard to do in a world so set in its ways. The only way through dark times is with the immersion of light and as Edith Wharton once said herself, “there are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” It was her privileged lifestyle that shaped her view of social class and as a writer it pushed her toward her social realist style, thus allowing her to depict the truths hiding in plain sight. Communication baffles even those who get paid

  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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    Edith Wharton, a famous author of many outstanding books, wrote a chaotic love story entitled Ethan Frome. The story took place in the wintery town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. Wharton was a sophisticated young woman who found love in sitting down and holding people’s attention by way of a pen. Wharton wrote yet another thriller that told the tale of two love stricken people that barely found it possible to be together; which later forced them to fall into the temptation of love that cannot be controlled

  • Ethan Frome. by Edith Wharton

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    speculates about “what he and Mattie were to live on when they reached the West” (Wharton 116). The next minute, he reverts back to a life with Zeena due to a new financial or obligatory obstacle, continuing the internal cycle of arguments he holds over his future. The reader knows from the beginning that Ethan turns out to be hopeless and “the ruin of a man” through the thoughts and relations of a newcomer engineer (Wharton 3). However, the spark of hope that remains in the reader for happiness for Ethan-

  • The Age Of Innocence By Edith Wharton

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    Innocence The Age of Innocence, written by Edith Wharton, is a story told during the old New York era where a young man named Newland Archer prepares to marry his beautiful fiance but is conflicted with another woman who had just ended a disastrous marriage at europe. Now, Archer must make the life changing decision between his right to the family and his love that may cause a great rift to his life. The Author Edith Wharton, also known as Edith Newbold Jones, was born “in her parents’ Manhattan

  • The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

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    high school curriculum because it teaches certain morals, and raises questionable ideas about the way the children should perceive society standards. It is a historical teaching, by showing the teenagers the mentality behind the 1870’s society. Edith Wharton usually wrote in her stories several themes that involved the Higher Class in New York during the time. The ironic situations that presented themselves within society. A couple that she focuses the most are, the theme of personal happiness, the

  • Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton

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    Down in Starkfield, Massachusetts dwells “the ruin of a man” (Wharton 3). Starkfield slowly displays itself as a sleepy town of monotony and woe with “perpetual pale skies” (Wharton 7). Stifled in a blanket of snow for more than half the year, it claims its inhabitants one by one as they slowly succumb to its hypnotic powers. One in particular suffers the most of all, Ethan Frome. His future once gleamed bright with the prospect of escaping Starkfield through the university, which he attended.

  • How Henry James Influenced Edith Wharton

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    Both the 19th and 20th century authors of Henry James and Edith Wharton are commonly compared to one another and their works are criticized as being close to, if not, the same. For ten years, the two authors had been close friends and even traveled throughout France and Europe together looking for inspiration and new ideas. Wharton had never taken any type of criticism well. Eventually Edith Wharton sent her first written story, “The Line of Least Resistance,” to Henry James and she learned to

  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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    The novel “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton, expressed that the influence of circumstances can affect the aspects of a person’s life, just as it did with the character Ethan Frome. For instance, Ethan inherited the family farm and sawmill while facing the adversity of maintaining agriculture but keep true to his family traditions. Secondly, Ethan will experience his parent’s misfortune, self-sacrifice, an unpleasant marriage and the emotions of human desire; furthermore, testing his character. The novel

  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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    Ethanfrome In Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, Ethan, a reserved young man was torn between two women. He was married to Zenobia Frome, but his true love was his wife’s cousin, Mattie Silver. Zeena and Mattie were different in all aspects. Mattie was a caring, loving, beautiful young girl, while Zeena was a sickly, shrewish woman aged well beyond her years. Ethan was continuously drawn to Mattie throughout the novel, as she was much more attractive and amicable than Zeena. In the novel light was

  • Rationale: Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton

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    Rationale My written task is based on English A literature language syllabus and it caters under literature, part3.The text I have chosen is Ethan Frome which is a novella published in 1911 by the Pulitzer Prize-winning American author Edith Wharton. It is a romantic tragedy and is set in a fictitious town of starkfield and the story revolves around the lives of Ethan, Zeena and Mattie. Ethan Frome from the very beginning aroused my curiosity and attention as it is a story with a lot of suspense

  • Edith Wharton Rhetorical Analysis

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    In the passage, Edith Wharton uses constellations, imagery, and Ethan’s love of nature to convey his struggle with fulfillment after abandoning his dreams, creating a sense of longing that is felt throughout the novel. In the text, Wharton uses constellations with their various meanings and names to describe the characters in the book which allow the reader to understand the characters’ actions. Ethan is describing how he feels about Mattie saying how she understands him and how he can tell her

  • Edith Wharton: Exposing Aristocratic Society

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    Visualize being at a lovely dinner in New York City during the early 20th century and scrutinizing some of the most affluent people the city has to offer. Edith Wharton was able to witness all of the arrogance in New York during this time and put those observations into her novel, The House of Mirth. Edith Wharton was born on January 24th, 1862 into a prosperous New York family. She lived in an expensive area of New York and was primarily educated by governesses and personal tutors (Olin 72). Her

  • The Theme Of Isolation In Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton

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    In the book “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton, Ethan, the main character in the book, experiences many episodes of isolation persuading him to escape from and cope with them with outlets of hope, only leading to a life of permanent isolation. The story depicts a classic ironic switch of roles and a triangle of unusual “love.” With many people coming and going, Ethan looks to rely on someone to relieve his isolation and communicate with, only setting him up for trouble. Early on, certain details and

  • Analysis Of The House Of Mirth, By Edith Wharton

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    society,” Edith Wharton uses her insider knowledge of being born into a wealthy New York family as well as her experience of being in an estranged marriage to create insightful, funny, and at times gloomy novels. Wharton sets her novels in the same time period she lived and therefore incorporates the glitz and glamour of the late 19th century and early 20th century into some of her novels. Wharton’s characters typically face both internal and external dilemmas; in The House of Mirth, Wharton shows the

  • The Reading Experience In Ethan Frome, By Edith Wharton

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    Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton is a novella that follows the trouble life of a man, Ethan Frome. He is stuck in Starkfield, MA with his sickly wife Zeena, longing for a different life with Mattie Silver, the hired girl at his home. Throughout the book the reader sees his struggle to try to break free of his miserable life. At the end of the book, the reader learns that he has failed to change anything, for Ethan is still in his home with Zeena and a now paralyzed Mattie. This story can be very controversial

  • Irony in Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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    Edith Wharton’s brief, yet tragic novella, Ethan Frome, presents a crippled and lonely man – Ethan Frome – who is trapped in a loveless marriage with a hypochondriacal wife, Zenobia “Zeena” Frome. Set during a harsh, “sluggish” winter in Starkfield, Massachusetts, Ethan and his sickly wife live in a dilapidated and “unusually forlorn and stunted” New-England farmhouse (Wharton 18). Due to Zeena’s numerous complications, they employ her cousin to help around the house, a vivacious young girl – Mattie

  • Starkfield as Hell in "Ethan Frome" by Edith Wharton

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    Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton opens to a bleak New England winter in Starkfield. The novel’s protagonist, Ethan Frome, resides here. Ethan resided “in Starkfield for too many winters.” In fact, the author projects the image of a hell through her description of Starkfield. The city’s name finds its root in a word used to describe a barren or naked place. The author also compounds the image of a barren wasteland by having the story take place in winter, which in the New England region acts as a crippling

  • Freedom In The Age Of Innocence By Edith Wharton

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    cousin of May, brings a tornado of scandal to New York and becomes the center of criticism in society. In The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, Archer and Ellen describe the desire for freedom in order to portray society as an oppressor. Newland Archer goes through a conflict on whether or not to break the chains society has committed to him. Wharton writes, "Yes, May might die - people did: young