Essay about Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton

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In Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton the main character, Ethan, was married prematurely to a sickly Zeena. A woman "with no natural turn for housekeeping, and her training had done nothing to remedy the defect." (43 Wharton). In another book that I have recently enjoyed, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway an old sick man goes out to fish for the 84th day with no luck in the many days prior. But in the 84th day he finds his mate, a strong Marlin. Ironically there is a greater love between the old man and the fish than the love Ethan has found for his own wife Zeena. This diminishing love between Ethan and his wife is explained in the first couple pages of the novel when Ethan sees Mattie Silver in the ballroom. “As she passed down the line, her light figure swinging from hand to hand in circles of increasing swiftness, the scarf flew off her head and stood out behind her shoulders, and Frome, at each turn, caught sight of her laughing panting lips, the cloud of dark hair about her forehead, and the dark eyes which seemed the only fixed points in a maze of flying lines.” (36-37 Wharton). If you read these two writing pieces one thing you will find somewhat different between them is the overall theme that makes the novel what it is. In Ethan Frome the idea that occurs continuously throughout the novel is society and morality as obstacles to fulfill desires. This theme is not only present in Ethan 's life but in most of our lives living in a world controlled by society and…

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