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The Establishment of Feminism in Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

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Rights are important to everyone's well being. Women’s rights are important rights that have been long fought for. The desire to be treated equal. Feminism is a key role in the book Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. In the novel Ethan Frome feminism is established through a parallel between Edith Wharton's life and Ethan Frome her novel.
Feminism is defined as “the advocacy of women's rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men.” It could also be described as women's rights. In literature there is always a goal. Edith Wharton had a goal of promoting feminism. After Edith Wharton got married she started writing many books in New York society. Through out forty years she wrote forty books. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for literature. Ethan Frome is an example of the obstacles a women of her time had to face and overcome. She wrote Ethan Frome because she related to what a lot of women were going through at the time, trying to find herself in a failed marriage.
Edith Wharton had a different view on women’s role in society, and was shockingly to blunt for some. Wharton’s views were coming of the time, “She saw women's position within culture as suffocatingly fixed, and her narratives, as a rule, end with the bleak message that there is no escaping male dominance.” (New York Times) She felt women should be treated equal but was a realist and had little hope they could ever overcome male dominance.
Wharton was forced into
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