Ethan Frome

1728 words 7 pages
2nde COURSEWORK – possible titles

Essay Topics

1. With reference to at least two characters in the novel Ethan Frome, show in detail how Wharton uses setting to reflect character.
OR
Explore the different ways in which setting is used in this novel.

2. Choose two key scenes and explore how Wharton brings to life the tension (or the antagonism) that exists between Zeena and Ethan.

3. Explore how Wharton creates suspense in the novel Ethan Frome.

4. Explore the ways in which Wharton arouses sympathy in the reader for the main character, Ethan Frome.
OR
How far and in what ways does Wharton make Ethan Frome a sympathetic character?

5. Analyse the different ways in which loneliness is presented in Ethan Frome.

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4. Explore the ways in which Wharton arouses sympathy in the reader for the main character, Ethan Frome.
OR
How far and in what ways does Wharton make Ethan Frome a sympathetic character?

5. Analyse the different ways in which loneliness is presented in Ethan Frome.

Text Analysis

1. Re-read from page 72 “Confused motions of rebellion stormed in him” to page 74 “Tears rose in his throat and slowly burned their way to his lids.”
How does the writer illustrate Ethan’s changing emotions? How does this passage prepare us for events to come?

2. Re-read from page 16 “When his wife first proposed that they should give Mattie an occasional evening …” to page 17 “and that words had at last been found to utter his secret soul.”
What does this passage reveal about Ethan’s feelings towards Mattie and explore the way in which Wharton brings to life those feelings?

2nde COURSEWORK – possible titles

Essay Topics

1. With reference to at least two characters in the novel Ethan Frome, show in detail how Wharton uses setting to reflect character.
OR
Explore the different ways in which setting is used in this novel.

2. Choose two key scenes and explore how Wharton brings to life the tension (or the antagonism) that exists between Zeena and Ethan.

3.

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