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Arko Dewri Period 3 AP Language August 10, 2010 Ethan Frome 1. After reading the first chapter: In the prologue of the story, only Ethan and Zeena had been mentioned, but Mattie’s name was not included. Therefore, Mattie will somehow be erased from the life of the Ethan Frome within the story. Also it had been mentioned that Ethan has a bent spine, a severe limp, and disfiguration of one side of his body. Zeena had been mentioned of being a part of Ethan’s life and was not pointed out to have any sort of disability, even though she is described to be sick. Also, the prologue and the first chapter hints or foreshadows a sense of tragedy in the story. So, during the story, Ethan will probably end up in a love relationship with Mattie as in the beginning he is expressing such love and passion for Mattie. Mattie will realize Ethan’s love for her and probably also fall in love with him. Possibly through the course of the event, Zeena, Ethan’s wife, will find out about the relationship between Ethan and Mattie and go on to perform suicide. As Mattie sounds like a very sweet person, she will go after Zeena to stop her and Ethan will follow Mattie because of his love for her. But in the end Mattie will die trying to protect Zeena and Ethan will be crippled on the process of trying to save Mattie, as he loves her. Thus, Mattie will die, Ethan will be crippled, and Ethan and Zeena will live together for the rest of their life with memories of Mattie. 2. Frame story: In Ethan Frome , Edith Wharton uses frame story, beginning and ending with the unnamed spokesman or narrator that “frames” Ethan’s account of life, in order to effectively provide the story with adequate suspense as well as to relate the thoughts and feeling of all characters through omniscient narration. First, suspense was employed
effectively through and the method of frame story. For example, in the beginning no one knew what caused Ethan to be crippled, “He’s looked that way ever since he had his smash-up; and that’s twenty-four years ago come next February (Prologue, Pg. 4),” and the explanation of the unnamed narrator increased the curiosity of the reader about how had Ethan received a body that is paralyzed and deformed. Through Ethan’s life story, it was hinted that Ethan was most likely injured by his attempt of suicide with Mattie. But still the reader was left hanging curious about what happened to Mattie. The last thing described about Mattie was that she and Ethan was kissing on the sled. The reader might have thought that Mattie died but it was not until the epilogue that the reader finds out that Mattie is still alive with spinal injury and she is living with the Fromes, “After another interval he added, turning toward the figure in the arm-chair: ‘And this is Miss Mattie Silver…’ (Epilogue, Pg. 152).” Such suspense had been efficiently communicated only because the frame story had been utilized. Next, through the use of frame story Wharton established the omniscient narration in order to convey the thoughts and feelings

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