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Personification in Ethan Frome
Personification Examples in Ethan Frome:
" “We never got away—how should you?”..." See in text (Chapter II)
Wharton uses personification (a literary device in which inanimate objects are given human traits and characteristics) to make the gravestones seem like they are speaking to Ethan. Rather than evoke a feeling of sadness or foreboding in the reader as gravestones often do, the gravestones mock Ethan for his constraints.