What is a character description of Mattie Silver in Ethan Frome? physically, mentally, emotionally
In her essay,"Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome and the Question of Meaning," Elizabeth Ammons examines the novella as an inverted fairy tale modeled after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as Wharton employs the use of the number seven, the witch, and the innocent maiden. However, whereas the witch is vanquished in the fairy tales, this narrative mocks that fantasy and transforms the witch instead.
From early descriptions of Mattie, she appears to be the silvery maiden whose arrival into Ethan Frome's desperate existence provides love and hope. Mattie is young, virginal, and she is orphaned. Described in terms of nature and fantasy, her expressive face alters "like a wheat-field under a summer breeze," her voice makes Ethan think of "a rustling covert leading to enchanted glades" with "laughter sparkling through her...
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