A Comparison Of The Women Of Wharton And Deledda



Two writers, both women, both from different backgrounds. Edith
Wharton was high society. Grazia Deledda was a commoner from another
country. Though both wrote almost exclusively to their won regions, their
portrayal of women was quite similar. In Wharton's Ethan Frome she has two
women, both distinct from one another. In Deledda's La Madre, two women
also make up the bulk of the story. But there are many more similarities
in these works. Released only nine years apart both novels deal with a
struggle of the heart, of the faith, and a struggle of their moral
soundness. And in both stories the women are portrayed on opposite sides
of the conflict. In this paper I intend to show an ...

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taking care of
Ethan's mother and her absorption of life's burdens. In this story she is
the conflicting character.
The other woman is a young Mattie Silver, the cousin of Zeena and
the housemaid of the Fromes. Mattie is about twenty-one years old and not
too much of a house keeper since she is small and weak and somewhat clumsy.
But nevertheless she caught the eye of Ethan Frome who would fetch her on
nights of town revelry, and with that grew a forbidden love. This is the
conflict of the story.
In 1920, Grazia Deledda published La Madre. Maria Maddalena is the
mother of the priest who, throughout the book, falls to the wayside under
temptation. She is a very old-fashioned woman as is the whole town.
Overprotective of her son, she helps build up the climactic theme of faith.
The other woman is Agnes, a well-to-do townswoman who is the object of the
priest's backslidden affair. Unlike Ethan Frome, in this story the
characters of conflict shift between the two women. Now ...

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