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These heroes were just like us - limited human beings Grana 29 Society often places heroes above the public and regards their characters as perfect however Janice Grana knows the truth heroes have as many lacunas in their character as any other person At times these faults cause the hero to meet their demise In Edith Whartons novella Ethan Frome the protagonist Ethan Frome exhibits the qualities of a classical tragic hero eventually meeting his ruin through hamartia The use of these qualities evokes a sense of pity and foreboding in the audience Throughout this piece the reader sees Ethan as a broken man one with few possessions and little happiness Although Ethan has a despairing existence he has earned the respect of his neighbors This esteem gives him the high rank that evidences itself in the characteristics of all classical tragic heroes He earns this respect first by attending a technical college at Worcester Wharton 27 This noble attempt at escape from Starkfield requires much intelligence determination and opulence These qualities alone separate him from most other citizens in his town But the fact that he accomplished escaping from Starkfield although only for a short time seems of even greater value to his neighbors The community agrees with Harmon Gow when he says the smart ones get away 9 The respect shown to Ethan by the community aids in instilling a feeling of foreboding in the reader because the reader sees that anyone may become a ruin of a man 3 no matter what socia l class or rank one holds As with all tragic heroes Ethan meets his demise due to hamartia his fear of loneliness This fear causes the audience to pity Ethan and to fear isolation as well This fear trickles into every aspect of Ethans life and changes each area drastically Upon his parents deaths Ethan loses everyone that he cares about He is seized with an
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