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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