Edith Wharton 's Ethan Frome Essay

1047 Words Aug 23rd, 2015 5 Pages
The easy way out of a dilemma isn’t worth the damage from the start, or the loss that awaits at the end. In Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome, readers are told a tale about the consequences of not pursuing your dreams ending in tragedy that isn’t closing with death, but a painful silence. In Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, readers are taught that what is beyond reach should stay that way, especially if the only way of acquiring it is through an unethical approach. The nature of redemption is often detected at the peak of consciousness and is oftentimes too late for any reparation before the repercussions arise, because the moment awareness kicks in there’s only so much that can be restored.
In Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome, readers are taken to Starkfield, Massachusetts welcomed into the old farm belonging to the Fromes. Ethan Frome was a man who had been faced with the loss after investing the majority of his life looking after his ill stricken parents. It wasn’t just the loss of their existence, it was the demise of a dream that had been put on hold forever. Long after their passing, Ethan had married his wife, Zeena, who then became ill. Why would a man who sacrificed everything for the people he cared about need to redeem himself? Ethan and Zeena weren’t the only ones living on the farm; the presence of Zeena’s cousin Mattie seemed to have an effect on Ethan’s behavior. Zeena was sick, and one can imagine Ethan’s affliction. The only youthful, healthy being in his life was…

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