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Edith Wharton's Use Of Setting

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When one hears the word “winter”, one might think of a cold, peaceful environment. In the beginning of the novel, the wintery environment present in Starkfield, Massachusetts has an elegant and appealing nature. However, Edith Wharton reveals how this seemingly peaceful environment can twist a whole community and provide an unpropitious future for the residents there. By using the theme of winter, Wharton attempts to create a tranquil setting; however, as the story progresses Starkfield begins to turn into a bleak, ironic setting that buries each characters desires and dreams. Wharton uses the subject of winter to create a sensation of irony. When the narrator first enters Starkfield, Massachusetts his first impression is how the atmosphere
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