Essay about The Case Of Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton

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In the case of Ethan Frome, the fictional protagonist highlighted in the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, life had never been able to live up to his expectations. Frome aspired to escape his dreary hometown of Starkfield, Massachusetts and distinguish himself in a big city as an engineer, but these dreams were put on hold when his mother fell ill and Frome was left to care for her. When Frome met Zeena, a fellow caregiver of his mother and his future wife, he saw that she could be the perfect tool to allow him to begin a new and exciting life. However, Zeena soon fell ill, and Frome fell out of love with her and into love, or rather infatuation, with the new caregiver, Mattie. Although Frome, like many individuals belonging to today’s society, merely wished to improve his life, his over ambition created only a bigger mess for him. In Frome’s desperate attempts to succeed, he failed to survey the impact that his actions would have on his wife’s life, Mattie’s life, and ultimately his own life. Therefore, Ethan Frome can be labeled as a tragic hero; one who is destined for greatness but ruined by his own shortcoming. Zenobia Pierce Frome, or Zeena, was presented as one of the “obstacles” of Ethan Frome’s life that kept him from his dreams. However, Ethan did not always think of Zeena so negatively. Upon first meeting Zeena, Frome was “shamed and dazzled” (Wharton, pg. 29) by her voluble and knowledgeable presence within his quiet and boring household. Frome thought of…

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