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Effective use of color is used in every aspect of life possessing the domination to create mood tone and atmosphere The color red is generally associated with love and happiness The author of Ethan Frome Edith Wharton takes a twist on this concept by using one of the main characters Mattie Silver as a compliment of red Mattie Silver is often associated with the color silver bringing forth images of light and warmth against Ethans dark life The use of red in Ethan Frome is depicted by Wharton in comparing bleakness to light in love and affection and in forbidden passion Wharton contrasts the life of Ethan Frome to almost every place Mattie appears in the book Words such as fire star glow and shining are repeatedly used in her presence She brightens Ethans life and stands out luminously against the dark cold setting of the story The color red is often associated with Matties lips cheeks and articles of clothing The use of this sets Mattie apart from the blacks whites and grays used to depict almost everything else in the book She wore her usual dress of darkish stuff and there was no bow at her neck but through her hair she had run a streak of crimson ribbon This trubute to the unusual transformed and glorified her She seemed to Ethan taller fuller more womanly in shape and motion 82 Mattie is also compared to Zeena who always seems to have a black cloud lurking over her When Mattie first arrives in Starkfield her presence is perceived as a bit of hopeful young life like the lighting of a fire on a cold hearth 33 In contrast to Matties radiant warmth Zeena is described as wintery and unappealing Subtle scenes of love and affection are also shown with a hint of the color red Wharton usually describes this when Ethan and Mattie are spending time away and are
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