scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 793
In novels such as Edith Whartons Ethan Frome imagery and theme play a large role in developing the novel and bringing it to the status of a Classic An authors use of imagery gives the reader an idea of the novels characters and setting It helps to advance the readers understanding of the novel and its theme The theme of a novel is also an important aspect that one must consider in order to have a clear understanding of the purpose or central idea of the novel Edith Wharton employs both positive and negative images of Starkfield and its inhabitants to enhance the overall theme of Ethan Frome The imagery of a novel is a key factor in elaborating upon the light-hearted and carefree elements as opposed to the dark and immoral components of the setting in which the novel takes place For example imagery can be used in a likable manner to achieve the desired affect of making the reader enjoy and love the setting so that the theme may be elevated In Edith Whartons Ethan Frome Wharton first presents Starkfield as a cheery uplifting town saying The winter morning was clear as a crystal The sunrise burned red in a pure sky the shadows on the rim of the wood-lot were darkly blue and beyond the white scintillating fields of far-off forest hung like smokepg41 It also seems that whenever Mattie is around Ethans view of the world improves This is shown on his walk home from the church social with Mattie when the narration states The night was so still that they heard the frozen snow crackle beneath their feet The crash of a loaded branch falling far off in the woods reverberated like a musket-shot and once a fox barked and Mattie shrank closer to Ethan pg35 Much the opposite imagery can be used to make the reader dislike a certain setting in order to further the theme of
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA