Her descriptions serve a definite stylistic and structural purpose. The figurative language used by Wharton includes metaphors and similes.
Some of the most prominent examples of literary elements are irony, symbolism, and foreshadowing.
All three elements create the feel and atmosphere of the short story. They add illustration, mystery, and humor to the storyline. This is verbal irony because their two mothers were described as aged and matronly, so the daughters were obviously mocking their mothers Petry 1.
When Alida Slade reveals that she wrote the letter to Grace Ansley telling her to meet Delphin at the Colosseum instead of Delphin himself, it is situational irony because all along, Grace thought that Delphin had wrote her the letter and had believed it for twenty five years.
All that time, Alida had the idea that she had tricked Grace, but when Grace informed her that Delphin had actually showed up at the Colosseum that night, it is situational irony again. Another thing that made it ironic was that she realized that Delphin had fathered a child that she felt superior to her own Phelan 1.
The one that sets the story off is the knitting, which at first seems like a minor element. In fact, it is the first matter to receive attention in the story, brought about by the daughters. This was supposed to make the two mothers appear as stereotypical middle aged women Petry 1.
The crimson of the silk that Grace takes out of her bag symbolizes passion Petry 1. The black of her handbag symbolizes the gloom of guilt Selina 1. Another symbol is the threat of getting sick. All through the story, the women mention Roman fever, which was going around while they were both in Rome as teenagers.
Grace and Alida were both afraid of catching it. The setting of Rome is also a symbol, because the ruins that surrounds the city. Also, it is also a symbol because Rome is a famously feminine city, so it added to the independent femininity of the story Voeller 1.
It starts at the beginning with the description of the women. Grace Ansley is described as small, pale, and unsure of herself. Alida Slade is described as higher in color and confident.
These two details indicate that Alida would be intimidating to Grace, and that her personality is more domineering Petry 2. Towards the beginning, Wharton also mentioned that Alida Slade is not fond of knitting, which was unusual for someone of her age at that time. This shows that she is different from your average middle-aged woman, and that she and Grace do not have many things in common about their personality Petry 1.
Symbolism gives the story deeper meaning in small actions, for instance knitting, and setting details. Foreshadowing in the story baffles and intrigues. They capture the reader from the playful beginning to the jaw dropping end.Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.
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Ethan Frome Edith Wharton. BUY SHARE. BUY! Home; Literature Notes; Ethan Frome Symbols in Ethan Frome enrich the themes found in the novel as well as Wharton's characterizations. A symbol functions literally as a concrete object and figuratively as a representation of an idea.
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