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Drechsler 1 Zach Drechsler Professor Matthews English 102-23 8 March 2018 Essay on “Roman Fever” In Edith Wharton’s 1934 short story, “Roman Fever,” Wharton uses the foreshadowing device to leave hints and clues for the reader to pick up throughout the story. Wharton does this so that she can arouse the reader and enhance the storyline to create more suspense for her audience. She also uses dramatic irony to amplify the story’s tension and make the ending much more powerful. One can believe that the audience should anticipate what Wharton is coming to, in the story, based on these factors. Therefore, the audience should not be surprised when Mrs. Ansley’s revelation about Barbara is revealed at the end of the story. The characters in the story are two middle-aged American widows, Alida Slade and Grace Ansley, who have a strained love-hate relationship. These two women and their two daughters, Jenny Slade and Barbara Ansley are visiting Rome and musing over old memories. The story illustrates the physical differences of the women; Grace is pale and small, while Alida is dark. The narrator reveals the lifelong affiliation the women have shared and how a youthful love triangle created an enduring rivalry. The beginning of the story is a casual conversation with underlying tones of deceit in every sentence muttered between Mrs. Ansley and Mrs. Slade. As the story progresses the reader notices the subtle attacks become far more apparent. Rather than focus on the positive aspects of their lives they only
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