Analysis Of The Novel Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton Essay

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René Descartes once stated that “common sense is the most widely shared commodity in the world, for every man is convinced that he is well supplied with it.” This quotation implies that there is a lot of wisdom or common knowledge to go around in the world, in order make a sound judgment; ironically it doesn 't always materialize, just as in the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton. The main protagonist in this novel is Ethan Frome. He renders the impression of a man to be pitied because faith has dealt him with a bad hand. But, it could be argued that it is because of Ethane lack of common sense, faith itself did not deal him a bad hand, but he chooses the path that led him down to a desolate road.

The story of Ethan Frome takes place in the Starkfield, Massachusetts during the cold freezing winter months. The town is described as a vast wasteland. The town that Ethan Frome resided in (Starkfield) has a foreshadowing of a place full of misery or unpleasantness. By simplifying Starkfield to stark, we can see that the location he resides in will be full of sadness and obsolete. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, Stark means having a very plain and often cold or empty appearance. According to the story, Ethan Frome was once a young man with an incredibly bright future. But as far as he believes, fate had it that he could not be happy. Now forever stuck daydreaming, about what could have been or wishes to do, but never actually turning his dreams into…

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