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It was almost as if the other face the face of the superseded woman had obliterated that of the intruder Here Ethan is horrified while seeing Zeenas face in her rocking chair instead of Matties Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton is a book of love hate and tragedy but more so it is a novel that is very similar to the Gothic Style of writing In essence a gothic novel is a type of fiction that includes mysterious and supernatural events that is intended to frighten or terrify the reader As you may assume Ethan Frome does not fit this interpretation totally but it does have certain aspects that are definably gothic in style The novel did not take place in a gloomy medieval castle but its setting is in a dismal and barren town during the desolate wintertime No fearful characters or frightening scenes will be found in this novel however it does contain eerie images torpid townspeople and ghostly ironies Two principal scenes demonstrate the supernatural presence of Zeena on Ethans mind while Zeena is away at Bettesbridge and during the suicide trip down Corbury Hill In addition there are three objects that play a key role in the gothic feel of the novel the menacing elm tree the dreary wintertime and the Frome cemetery located next to Ethans home In chapter four while Zeena is away at Bettesbridge a number eerie things occur at the Fromes Ethan is extremely excited about Zeena finally leaving and having the night alone with Mattie The evening does not turn out as Ethan planned however Symbolized by the cat Zeena has a firm hold on Ethans conscience The cat jumps in Zeenas chair during dinner and a cold chill runs through Ethan and Mattie The cat then jumps on to the table and when the two go to catch it the cat backs away and knocks over a pickle dish which was Zeenas sacred wedding gift
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