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A man has been through much drama in his life In Edith Whartons Ethan Frome it shows how Ethans parents fall ill and die he then marries an older cousin Zenobia because he did not want to be lonely and she was the only one available it is an unhappy marriage right from the start But a young cousin of Zenobia comes to live at the farm and thats when the whole love triangle starts At the very end Ethan and Mattie decide that the only way they can be together is if they commit suicide going down the hill on the sled aiming for a tree But they end up surviving it Mattie is paralyzed from the accident and ends up staying in Starkfield while Ethan becomes depressed and lives in anger and hate Zeena Ethans wife takes care of Mattie So the three all live in agony and are miserableTo understand this story you must think of the situation that they were in First of all Ethan was involved in a marriage which was unhappy His wife was stubborn and very blunt On the other hand there was her cousin that was living with them and she was everything that the wife wasnt Now Mattie Zeenas cousin and Ethan develop great feelings for each other over the year of her stay which can not be explained The only way out of the situation was for Mattie and Ethan to commit suicide Ethan was stuck He couldnt possibly leave his wife for Mattie because he had no money and she was sick So they Mattie and Ethan decided to sled down the hill and aim for the tree They did But it was only tragedy They both ended up surviving In the book the writer said that it wouldve been better if Mattie did not survive It only made matters worst The three lived together in the household which you can only imagine being
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