Furthermore, zeena, a hypochondriac in the eyes of ethan frome, is used as a foil for mattie silver in the dark and gloomy tale of ethan frome, the story emerges as an inverted fairytale the fairy maiden anthropomorphizes into a greater evil. How is ethan's conflict between his feelings for mattie and those for zeena voiced - ethan's feelings for mattie are voiced through the way he admires her and how he gets jealous of denis eady also the way he sees the world changes as a result of her closeness. Ethan frome is a book published in 1911 by the pulitzer prize-winning american author edith wharton it is set in the fictitious town of starkfield, massachusetts the novel was adapted into a film, ethan frome , in 1993.
How is ethan's conflict between his feelings for mattie and those for zeena voiced - inter-dialogue and stream of conciousness - headstones mocking ethan desire, the only way he can be with mattie. Zeena is unwilling to put ethan's pickles in her pickle dish by contrast, mattie puts ethan's pickles in the pickle dish this is a symbol of the empty relationship between ethan and zeena contrasted by the full, sexual relationship between mattie and ethan. Mattie became zeena's indentured servant, working as zeena's aide in exchange for a roof over her head and food to eat during the year that mattie lives with the fromes it is apparent that mattie is quick to learn, but forgetful and dreamy.
The cat, unnoticed, had crept up on muffled paws from zeena's seat to the table, and was stealthily elongating its body in the direction of the milk-jug, which stood between ethan and mattie the two leaned forward at the same moment and their hands met on the handle of the jug. As ethan and mattie sit down at the table, zeena's cat jumps between them onto zeena's chair conversation is strained as they feel that somehow conversation is strained as they feel that somehow. Zeena's character is revealed through ethan's memory and the action of the main story, and through hints from characters in the frame story wharton describes zeena's physical appearance as gaunt, wrinkled, and sallow-faced. English ii exam 4: ethan frome zeena is jealous about mattie and ethan and ethan is angry with zeena because she is sending mattie away this is the end of the preview sign up to access the rest of the document. Best answer: mattie is more lively, sweet, and submissive zeena is more sickly, agitating, and controlling both are helpful when they are neededboth care what ethan thinks about them, and both want to feel cared for.
But zeena is an oppressive presence even when she is absent, and the conversation between ethan and mattie becomes strained and awkward later that night, as they are sitting in front of the fire, ethan takes hold of the piece of cloth mattie is sewing. The difference between mattie and ethan's feelings towards zeena is that mattie is concerned for zeena and her health , ethan tends to forget about zeena and her feelings mattie tends to bring up zeena in their conversations when ethan never does. Chapters 1-2 10/13/2015 146 comments this definitely shows the difference in feelings ethan has between zeena and mattie i thought the same thing while. Ethan's mind then turns to the relationship between mattie and zeena, which has been chilly ever since mattie came to live in starkfield, after her father died. Of course there will be differences between a novel and a movie made from that novel the question for readers is always what the director will choose to omit, add, or change in the case of ethan.
Zeena's done for [mattie], and done for ethan, as good as she could it was a miracle, considering how sick she was - but she seemed to be raised right up just when the call came to her it was a miracle, considering how sick she was - but she seemed to be raised right up just when the call came to her. By the end of chapter one, the readers begin to understand the way ethan views himself, mattie, and zeena, and the way these characters might influence the events in the novel we learn much about ethan during his walk to the church. What ironic parallels do you find between the lives of zeena frome and mattie silver the ironic parallels that i find between the lives of zeena frome and mattie silver include their fear for. Juxtaposition between mattie and zeena in ethan frome essay is the same comparison the protagonist ethan constantly faces and struggles with throughout the novel. Mattie seems to be everything that zeena is not, youthful, energetic, and healthy over time ethan believes that he loves mattie and wants to leave his wife for her he struggles with his obligations toward zeena and his growing love for mattie.
While zeena was away, the cat was constantly underfoot and in the way of ethan and mattie the cat was trying to get attention by jumping between them into zeena's empty chair(68) the cat tried to get attention. What is same between zeena and mattie effect on one's life ethan frome, the protagonist in edith wharton's ethan frome, is tormented by his passionate love for mattie silver, but is morally shackled to zeena by the sacred bonds of marriage. Zeena is older, less lively, more critical mattie is generally a more pleasant person to be around ethan would have fallen in love with big bird if he had come around after 7 years with that hag. The relationship between the two women is okay at one point, for zeena humbly invites mattie to stay in her home, but it goes downhill after mattie moves in it is almost as if zeena saw the growing romantic relationship between mattie and her husband, ethan.
Mattie, on the other hand, is exciting, nurturing and intimate she is the antithesis of zeena of course ethan and mattie have a burgeoning romance but the comparisons between the women can be easily made. We know that mattie was afraid zeena was suspicious, and we know mattie doesn't have anywhere else to go she was probably way ahead of ethan in seeing the hopelessness of their situation that is, she probably already predicted that ethan wouldn't or couldn't run away with her.