Comparing The Novels Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton And The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The two books Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald contain numerous similarities, despite containing seemingly opposite story lines. Both books share the common theme of illicit love between two people in the form of scandalous affairs. Another similarity between the two novels comes from the authors ' use of color to represent the many characters on a deeper level. While sharing a lot of common literary elements, the most predominant similarity comes from the symbolism shown through the weather in the stories, which plays a key role at some points. Small details incorporated by the two authors help to connect their stories and make the readers think about the deeper meaning of simple interactions and…show more content…
Everything Gatsby built for himself was in order to get closer to Daisy, like how "Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay" (Fitzgerald 78). The theme of illicit love, which shows up many times throughout the two books, connects their plots while adding love and mystery to both stories. Both authors use symbolism through colors in order to describe characters and represent their different personalities. Wharton uses the color red in numerous instances throughout Ethan Frome to represent Mattie and the love she feels for Ethan. Mattie and Ethan experience a forbidden love, as Ethan is married, so the color red represents both the love they share and the sinfulness of their relationship. The color red shows up in Mattie’s clothes, the pickle dish she breaks, and “Through her hair she had run a streak of crimson ribbon” (Wharton 67). Fitzgerald also incorporated colors to represent the characters in his book, assigning Daisy the color white. Throughout the book Daisy is shown wearing white dresses, and her house is filled with white décor from the ceiling to the floor (Fitzgerald 8). White represents innocence and purity, which is a common characteristic readers see with daisy, who exhibits large amounts of trust and care. Gold is another common color throughout the book that Fitzgerald chose to represent the prosperity and success readers see in the lives of many characters. Professional

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