Zeena had sacrificed her life to the man she loved, ethan frome however, he repaid her by having a secret love affair with zeena's pennyless and lazy cousin, matty, to whom zeena had given a home she was pretty, and knew when to flutter her eyelashes. Reading it, one pieces together the tale of the ill-fated triangle - the unloving couple, ethan and zeena frome, and zeena's wistful cousin, mattie silver the novel is told from contrasting. On the consequence of silence in ethan frome may 2, 2012 the shell of silence that has been slowly built up throughout his life ethan frome and mattie are throw together, he is. From this point forward, ethan becomes contradicted on one hand he realizes the life of which he is condemn to live with his sickly wife zeena and on the other he discovers how much mattie is worth to him to the extent that he realizes he can't live without her. Start studying ethan frome learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools (ethan tells zeena she should have told him about the.
Ethan frome new york: scribner's and all its waking life was gathered behind the church windows, from which strains of dance-music flowed with the broad bands. Ethan frome a long-time resident of starkfield he is a thoughtful, sensitive, and extremely unhappy man ethan barely supports himself, his wife (zeena), and his wife's cousin (mattie) working his farm and operating a sawmill a sledding accident with mattie, which was an attempted suicide, results. Ironically, zeena's longterm hypochondria is not only the cause of her husband's ultimate moral demise it is first the inciting force that precipitates the singular 'happy conflict' in ethan's life — the arrival of mattie silver into his home.
Ethan's wife, zeena, was in declining health so to receive assistance for housework she had called upon mattie for help throughout the story, zeena knew little of the relationship between mattie and ethan. If he gave the farm and mill to zeena what would be left him to start his own life with once in the west he was sure of picking up work-he would not have feared to try his chance alone but with mattie depending on him the case was different. Ethan frome's life is a continuing demonstration of the presence of irony irony is seen as a representation of broken love, death becomes the getaway of their future, love bounded within the significant tree, and zeena's health automatically recovers and becomes capable to care for her husband and cousin. Ethan frome is a book published in and frantically trying to think of a way to change this one more turn of events against his ability to have a happy life the. An even more potent symbol for ethan and zeena's absent sex life is the red pickle dish it was a wedding present that zeena never uses, although she considers it her prized possession.
That reality is a life with zeena taking care of mattie, and ethan living his hard life with seeing everyday what he did to the love of his life 2 pages, 748 words the essay on ethan frome life zeena wife. Zeena schreck (born zeena galatea lavey, november 19, 1963), known professionally by her mononymous artist name zeena, is a berlin-based american visual and musical artist, author and the spiritual leader of the sethian liberation movement (slm), which she founded in 2002. After zeena tells ethan that mattie will have to leave their household because a hired girl is coming, ethan's antipathy for zeena is evident he shows his anger and realizes that he has lost zeena has conniving dominance of his life. Ethan frome by edith wharton in the early 1900s medicine was much less of a developed science than it is today we know that when zeena became ethan's wife.
Born into a life of wealth and privilege, american novelist edith wharton was known for her insider's critiques of the upper class but her 1911 novel, ethan frome, featured working-class characters who couldn't have been more different from her usual subjects the novel's namesake is a. The life seems to disappear from mattie and seemingly gets transfered to zeena zeena must now look after both mattie and ethan it's a truly tragic and dark tale. Zeena schreck quotes that today is tomorrow's nostalgia path seek liberation in this life--about zeena schreck by malin fitger 'contemporary notions of. However, zeena quickly became a querulous invalid herself, leaving ethan feeling more unhappy and isolated than ever the coming of zeena's pretty and sweet-natured young cousin, mattie, to the frome household is a magical change in ethan's life, and he and mattie soon fall in love with each other.
While today the term queer has a different meaning, in this story it most likely means unwell ethan uses the word to describe zeena's state of mind in comparison to his mother's towards the end of his mother's illness. 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 z.
The silence of his life was so oppressive that when his cousin zeena came to nurse his mother, her chatter and efficiency made him feel he couldn't bear being alone after the funeral, ethan proposed to zeena, with the intention of moving. Zenobia (zeena) is ethan frome's unhappy, malady-plagued wife she is thirty-five at the time of the events of the novel take place, and already an old woman her hair is gray, her clothing is described as slatternly, and she makes a familiar gesture of adjusting her false teeth before eating. What put a damper on the lives of ethan, zeena and mattie was their failure to grasp life in its multitude each lived such singular lives that they could not find the answers to their sorrow, unable to see the brightest light signaling their salvation.