Week 8 - Part I What was your overall impression of the...

This preview shows page 1 - 2 out of 2 pages.

Part I: What was your overall impression of the novel you chose? Was it what you expected? I had never heard of the novel Ethan Frome prior to the course and I was pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed this piece of literature that is over 100 years old. My overall impression was one of surprise as I felt touched to feel such an immediate kinship with a character living in times and settings so different from my own. I skimmed through blurbs about each of our novel options, and grabbed Ethan Frome as soon as I read its blurb. Something about the love triangle, life’s struggles, and a marriage on the rocks that drew me in to the story. I’m not sure whether it was what I expected because I try to reserve expectations so my opinion doesn’t make for disappointment unfairly. I thoroughly enjoyed the story as I never expected the suicide attempt from Ethan and Mattie. I also greatly enjoyed the way the story was told in portions and through different perspectives.Part II: What, in your opinion, are the most important characteristics that distinguish American literature?I would say the most important characteristic that distinguishes American literature is the willingness to break trends and challenge cultural norms, or stereotypes. This is either through the character or the author’s overt opinions themselves driving it home through multiple stories, novels, poems or combination of them. More specifically, an author may just push a topic to its comfortable edge or over through one singular story or character, but some authors work on an issue like racism throughout their entire career to keep it in the heartbeat of their readers.Part III: Describe the character you have chosen to write about in your final project. Give us an overview of why you chose him or her and how he or she fits the American mold. In other words, give us a preview of your project.I selected the main character Ethan to write about for my final project, primarily because I can relate to the struggle of the marriage and his thoughts and connections to a difficult life. Ethan finds himself pulled back at every chance he gets to spread his wings. To just give brief

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture

  • Left Quote Icon

    Student Picture