Allusion in Ethan Frome
Allusion Examples in Ethan Frome:
Chapter IV 1
"make a garden” for Mattie..." See in text (Chapter IV)
We can consider Ethan’s desire to construct a garden for Mattie in relation to the Bible. In literature, the garden is often used as an allusion to the Garden of Eden in the book of Genesis. In Genesis, Adam and Eve are kicked out of the Garden of Eden for being unfaithful to their word or duty to God. Note further that this “garden” is not really a lush garden one might imagine—all he can do is plant geraniums.