Symbols In Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton

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In the novel we read, Ethan Frome, the author, Edith Wharton, used many symbols to describe characters and settings. There were three main symbols that added to the plot and climax of this story, the red pickle dish, the “brown stuff”, and the elm tree. They each meant something to all three of the main characters in the novel. The red pickle dish meant something different for each person in this novel. For Ethan and Zeena it means their marriage it was given to them from family as a wedding gift. Later on when it breaks it shows how their relationship is breaking apart. To Ethan and Mattie it means more than one thing, initially Mattie sets it out because she wants to make the night special with Ethan. But when the cat knocks it down it
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