Ethan Frome Essay

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The emblem of nature to Ethan Frome’s catastrophic fate A tragic romance written by Edith Wharton in 1910 at Paris France, and was published in 1911. Ethan Frome’s past plays a vital role in his future. That’s why the story flashes back during the youthful years of Ethan, where he was full of ambitions and desires. He wanted to move into a town, become an engineer and move away with the woman he truly loves. But unfortunately, due to the erroneous decisions he had and by letting other people like Zeena, Hales, Mattie, the society, the climate or poverty make decisions for him, he ended up in an ironic life and lives with the consequences for the rest of his life. This teaches us that we should be able to vindicate our own decision without being dictated by others and be prepared for its consequences either it’s all good or all bad. Ethan’s home was defines as "one of those lonely New England farmhouses that make the landscape lonelier." (Wharton E. 10) Ethan gave up his studies so he can take care of his parents who are debilitating with illness and must settle for farming. Ethan "seemed a part of the mute melancholy landscape, an incarnation of its frozen woe, with all that was warm and sentient in him fast bound below the surface." (Wharton E. 7) He doesn’t want to be left alone in their farmhouse and that’s the reason why he decided to marry Zeena. But soon Zeena too become an addition to his burdens, she is sick and deathly. Their relationship becomes barren and they are still childless, like the wintertime, a season full of nothing. Nothing grows and nurtures. Ethan being a symbol of darkness of the winter, Mattie becomes his brightness. As her name Silver, implies vividness. When they first met, while Mattie is dancing in an eloquent hall and while Ethan is waiting for her, “he desires to stand there with her all night in the blackness.” (Wharton E. 22)

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