The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature. The latest generation of titles in ... Show synopsis The original CliffsNotes study guides offer a look into key elements and ideas within classic works of literature. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the familiar format. "CliffsNotes on Ethan Frome" explores life in the personal prison designed by the lead character, a "ruin of a man" who would rather be miserable with his lot in life than stray from accepted social convention. Following the story of a poor farmer whose devotion to duty and fear of humiliation keep him from tasting happiness, this study guide provides summaries and commentaries for each chapter within this tragic tale. Other features that help you figure out this important work includeLife and background of author Edith WhartonIntroduction to the novel, with a synopsis and character mapFull character list and analyses of central figuresCritical essays on the author's style, choice of literary tools, and use of themesReview section that features fill-in-the-blank questions, quoted passages, essay questions, and suggested practice projectsResourceCenter with books, articles, and Web sites that can help round out your knowledge Classic literature or modern-day treasure -- you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.