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Edith Wartons work Ethan Frome is an ironic book with naturalist ideas Ethan Frome the protagonist has a secret love affair with Mattie his wifes cousin Mattie has come to assist the Frome family with their domestic affairs Zeena Ethans hypochondriac wife detects Ethans love for Mattie She decides to send Mattie away in exchange for a hired servant that will attend to Zeenas sickness On the day of Matties department Ethan decides to take Mattie the long way to the train station Not wanting to leave Ethans side Mattie asks Ethan to sled down the hill with her into the elm tree It would ultimately end their lives but the story takes an ironic twist They both survive the accident and spend the rest of their lives in misery Throughout this exceptional book there are many symbols to further enhance the readers undestanding of the book One major symbol would be the use of red on Mattie Silver In chapter one Mattie is at a dance and Ethan is watching her every move from a nearby window Edith Warton describes Mattie as a girl who had already wound a cherry-coloured fascinator about her head and having a cherry-coloured scarf And in chapter four the use of red appears again when Mattie opens the door for Ethan Matties head consisted of a streak of crimson ribbon Red symbolizes love warmth good health and vitality Mattie displays such characteristics throughout the book Red also symbolizes sin adultery and transgression It alludes to the Scarlet Letter Mattie is like Hester Prynne Mattie tempts Ethan to do evil and betray societys law of not committing adultery The color red also stands out in the white landscape of Starkfield In a similar way Mattie stands out in Starkfield to Ethan Without the use of red throughout the story Mattie would be an ordinary character and probably be as dull of Zeena The cat symbolizes Zeenas mystical presence while she
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