Editha Essays

  • Editha

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    Editha In the beginning Editha is war hungry. She wants her country to go to war, and she wants George to go and fight. Even though the author doesn’t give the age of Editha, I believe she acts very childish, and immature. I understand loving your country and wanting to fight for it, but one must also realize the danger that comes along with it. She is obsessed with her country and fighting for it. She puts an ultimatum on George. He is unsure of the war, and unsure of fighting in it, but she

  • Editha

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    "EDITHA" This story is about a woman named Editha. Editha was engaged to George and told him it was his duty to his country to sign up and go serve in the war. Editha wanted a hero for a husband and she secretly wanted him to go to war so that she would have that hero. After an argument with him she finally convinces him to go. George dies in the war and his mother blames Editha for his death. Editha is in denial and accepts no responsibility for the death of George or the reasons that

  • Editha

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    well, or I can put on a strong emotional face to ask her, "Are you serious?" Most people would not want to see the person they love go off to a place where they could possibly die. In William Dean Howells' short story, "Editha", however, the main character is an unusual woman, Editha, who has her own perfect ideals and pushes them on her lover, George, to ask him to fight in the Spanish-American War. In the story Howells not only brought his anti-war message about the dangers of war but also satirized

  • Editha Analysis

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    William Dean Howells’s “Editha” is about a couple named Editha Balcom and George Gearson who adore each other, but are completely divided on the issue of the war. Editha holds a much more favorable view of the war and hopes for George to share her perspective. However, George has complete disdain for the war, going as far as saying that all wars make him sick. Editha writes a letter to George, telling him that she will always love him, but that she cannot marry a man who does not put his country

  • Editha, by William Dean Howells

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    story called “Editha” is a good example of this. In this ironic tragedy, W.D. Howells shows the truth and nature of war. He uses a combination of metaphoric characters, irony, and the pathos appeal to create an almost grotesque parody of the reality of war. In final analysis, Howells is successful in highlighting the consequences of war and inspiring the audience to question the wisdom of those who advocate armed conflict. “Editha” is a story about a manipulative woman named Editha Balcom and her

  • Editha Gender Roles

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    and have an occupation. The two women in the story “Editha,” have two different roles in the story. These two types of women play critical roles in this short story. Editha, is the manipulator type of woman, and George’s mother, is the wise old traditional type of woman. Components of realism can be seen throughout the story of “Editha.” One of the most prominent components of realism can be seen through the role that the main women play. Editha lives in an idealistic

  • Literary Realism in Editha

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    Literary Realism in Editha After World War I, American people and the authors among them were disillusioned by the effects that war had on their society. America required a literature that would expound what had happened and what was happening to their society. The realistic movement of the late 19th century saw authors accurately depict life and its problems. This realistic movement evolved because of many changes and transitions in American culture. In the late 1800's, the United States

  • Editha by William Dean Howells

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    Editha by William Dean Howells The story "Editha" by William Dean Howells and the poem "Reconciliation" by Walt Whitman are part of a true "national literature." They are both told in a way that only we as Americans could ever understand. They speak of war in all of its glory, and they speak of all of the pain left behind. "Editha" is a story about a woman who loves her country so much that she would be willing to give up anyone who does not feel as she does. Her fiancé George was not

  • Editha And The Outcasts Of Poker Flat

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    The work “Editha” has several characteristics of realism including one of the characters being more important than the plot. This can be seen in parts such as beginning where Editha’s thoughts and ideas and how she gets her way are the central pieces of the story. The importance of her character is also part of the next characteristic of realism as well. Realism attacks romanticism and idealism in a writer’s work. Editha is an idealist in this story, and she believes in the ideal of an American war

  • Comparing Editha And An Occurence At Owl Creek Bridge

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    Many war stories today have happy, romantic, and cliche ending; many authors skip the sad, groosom, and realistic part of the story. W. D. Howell’s story, Editha and Ambrose Bierce’s story, An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge both undercut the romantic plots and unrealistic conclusions brought on by many stories today. Both stories start out leading the reader to believe it is just another tpyical love-war senario, but what makes them different is the one-hundred and eighty degrees plot twist at the

  • The Story Editha by William Dean Howells

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    also involved attituded toward reality." With that being said it helps better understand how the story reveals itself. Often times realist are known as "regionalist" writer for their focus of work being on an exact part of the country. In this story "Editha" by William Dean Howells he uses a bit of romantic style but all together its categorized as one of the realist trends. He had the best of his work that represents when he was at the top of his writing published in Harpers Monthy. The issues that

  • Chickamauga; Editha: Tales of Anti-Romanticism

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    –American War were realities they had to deal with and as realists they set out to highlight the truths of warfare. Their disillusionment with the romanticism’s approach about war in literature was expressed in their popular works, “Chickamauga” and “Editha”. Both authors use the “strong” points of romanticism against itself, the usage of symbolism, along with the role of gender are replete throughout the two short stories. In his book The Ethics of Moral Resistance: Ambrose Bierce and General William

  • The Symbolism Of War In Editha By William Dean Howells

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    Editha by William Dean Howells is clearly a political story about realism and war. The story revolves around a young woman, Editha, who pushes her fiancé to go to war and ends up losing him. I “abhorred” the plot and thought the story was quite boring. I wanted more of George’s perspective, and less of his manipulative, evil, fiancé. I also thought the time frame could have been depicted better, it’s unclear to me how much time actually went by for George’s absence, or how long Editha grieved for

  • William Dean Howells's Short Story 'Editha'

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    In the short story, “Editha” William Dean Howells writes about a manipulative woman named Editha who insists that her soon to be fiancé George Gearson fight in the Spanish-American War. As she bases her views about the war on the yellow journalism she reads she forces her fiancé to sign up and fight for their country out of believing “a man who wants to win her must do something to deserve her” (1389). In fact, this leads Editha to give George an ultimatum by choosing war to save their engagement

  • Compare And Contrast Sarah Penn

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    Sarah Penn is a crazy, psychotically patient, loving mother. Editha is a crazy, patriotic, careless lady. Sarah Penn is the mother from " The revolt of a mother". Editha is the girlfriend from "Editha". Both of these ladies have many similarities and differences. Their stories will be explained in this essay as well as how similar and different they actually are. Sarah Penn is a crazy mother that wants a proper house instead a nasty, smelly barn filled with ugly cows. Sarah only wants the house

  • The Trophy Husband

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    The Trophy Husband Editha meets her fiancé under rather boring and lackluster circumstances. She is seeking her knight in shining armor. She wants to experience the high of being in love. Upon meeting there was no magic or electricity in the air. Her fiancé, George Gearson was simply a male friend and in a moment that she could not take back, she had accepted his proposal of marriage. This woman, not satisfied with this relationship chooses to change it. Editha sets into motion a plan of action

  • The Chrysanthemums Literary Analysis

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    middle of paper ... ... Now, because Editha remained naïve about the issues of war and the loss of her husband, she resumed to believe that sending George off was the right decision. “If Editha had changed her views, she would have had to admit to herself that she sent George off to die in a war and fought for the wrong reasons. Why live with the guilt when there is the ability to pretend that George died for very noble purposes” (Belasco and Johnson 113-24). Editha limits her fault by remaining unaware

  • Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence Of Owl Creek Bridge

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    At a very early age children are constantly filled with ideas and stories with nothing but happy and beautiful endings. One may say that Walt Disney filled is the cause for filling their pubescent brains with these very unrealistic and impossible ideas. Others may argue that the thought of a “happily ever after” has always been a prized treasure in the minds of many. Unfortunately, real life does not always have a happy ending. In fact, life rarely ever has a happy ending. Often in old American literature

  • How To Make A Significant Connection

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    are different types of connections depending on the situation. Some good examples that I believe have a good significant connection are Editha, America and Hairy Ape.

  • The Realism Movement

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    The authors, John Steinbeck and William Dean Howells successfully wrote of the Realistic movemen... ... middle of paper ... ...ks Cited Howell, William. “Editha.” Between the Dark and the Daylight. Elizabeth Kassim. January 1905. 12 March 14. http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/howells/editha.pdf Belasco, Susan, and Linck C. Johnson. "Editha." The Bedford Anthology of American Literature. Vol. 2. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2008. 113-24. 13 March 14. McQuade, Donald-editor. “The Literature of