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Isolation as portrayed in Ethan Frome and Acquainted With the Night In both the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton and the poem Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost the theme of isolation was quite evident In the two of these literary works the main characters are isolated both emotionally and physically In Ethan Frome the setting of Starkfield Massachusetts isolates Ethan physically from a life of happiness The authors specific use of Starkfield in its etymology is the essence of isolation Starkfield can be disjoined into two words Stark and field Stark according to Websters Dictionary means- barren blunt harsh and grim These four adjectives very much describe Ethan and his hometown Starkfield Not only is Starkfield isolated figuratively but also it is isolated geographically It is a mountainous and snow-ridden area with very few inhabitants The lack of movement and difficulty of travel in and around Starkfield isolate Ethan from the outside world In the novel Ethan Frome Ethans relationship with his wife Zeena also contributes to his isolation By characterization Zeena isolates Ethan emotionally from his newly found love interest Mattie Zeena is characterized as being cold and unable to love anyone else but herself and therefore Ethan subconsciously searched for the missing affection elsewhere Zeena was also a very sick woman with incurable sickness that strained Ethans already pinched wallet The simple economics of her illness never being diagnosed isolated Ethan from ever leaving the homestead for entertainment-related reasons The poem Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost also stresses isolation of its main character but symbolically In line twelve the poem reads as follows One luminary clock against the sky Frost used symbolic language of the moon or luminary clock to emphasize night and darkness two clichs of isolation in literature In the same line Frost also referred to the number one One signifies a solitary person and therefore the main character is isolated from the grasps
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