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Ethan Frome A Tragedy What is a tragic hero Most people would think this term simply means the protagonist of a story that ends in a tragic way But this interpretation is not entirely true In fact a tragic hero is indeed the protagonist of a tragedy but the more important part is that they always have one flaw that leads them to their unhappiness The novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton can be considered a tragedy because the main character Ethan has one tragic flaw The protagonist from the story is antisocial and this one flaw leads to an inability to express his feelings loneliness and a failed marriage Ethan Fromes antisocial behavior makes it impossible to express his feelings He is very unhappy with his marriage to Zeena but he never tells anyone how he feels He simply goes on with his life like nothing is wrong This not only hurts himself but Zeena as well He also cannot express his feelings for Mattie One example of this is in chapter five right after Zeena has left for Bettsbridge The scene is where Mattie is cleaning the dishes and Ethan is leaving for work It is the perfect opportunity for Ethan to tell her how he feels because they are all alone but all he can manage to say is So long Matt Instead of acting on his emotions he constantly thinks about them Ethans behavior seems to make him create a fantasy world where he is always happy He often gets lost in his world and starts to think of outrageous things For instance after Ethan had gone to bed the night he and Mattie were alone he thinks to himself why he hadnt kissed her This is extremely inappropriate behavior considering he is married but he doesnt realize he is doing anything wrong If Ethan didnt alienate himself from others as much he could express his feelings
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