Ethan frome is fine example of realism and

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Ethan Frome is fine example of realism and regionalism as well. Realism reflects skepticism and doubt, scenarios that are more likely to happen in day-to-day life. The 4
opposite of romanticism, where authors illustrate hope and optimism. Regionalism in literature is where the author shows through a variety of ways, the particular region of the country this story is taking place. Ethan Frome is a prime example of both of these movements. When Zeena tells Ethan that her illness is getting severe. "I've got complications," she said. (Wharton 56). This line has characteristics of realism because of Zeena doubting her life here, and there is no mention of hope for her health to improve. Not only Ethan, but also other characters in this novella provide a very unusual dialect, which would be normal for this period in New England. Which is an excellent example of regionalism, and a great depiction of the regionalism is with Harmon Gow’s accent. "Wust kind," my informant assented. "More'n enough to kill most men. But the Fromes are tough. Ethan'll likely touch a hundred." (Wharton 2) Harmon Gow’s accent here is represented by the unusual spelling and punctuation used, giving the reader an idea of what he sounded like. The regionalism used in Ethan Frome is a significant contributor to the realism of the story. ( “Analysis of Major Characters”) The characteristics described above and the realism and regionalism of the story are what make Ethan Frome uniquely American. There are many issues within the story including the setting, the dialect, imagery, the cultural influence that make this character American. The hardships and struggles of Ethan Frome in Starkfield trying to make a living as an isolated farmer with terrible winters, all while trying to take care of his ungrateful and demanding wife are another contributing factor that make Ethan Frome uniquely American. The winters or Starkfield and the hardships of it’s inhabitants are a great example of day-to-day life in New England during the 19 th century and this plays a large role in why the character of Ethan Frome is uniquely American. 5
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Works Cited Wharton, Edith. Ethan Frome. New York: Scribner, 1939 “Analysis of Major Characters” SparkNotes. n.d. Web. Retrieved February 21, 2015 from . 7

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