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Characterization-Ethan Frome Edith Whartons Ethan Frome is a novel based on a man named Ethan Frome who lives a life of unhappiness because of his marriage with his wife This novel takes place in Starkfield Massachusetts during the winter Ethan Frome is a man of many virtuous qualities and numerous defects Ethan pursues a life of euphoria and a future of an well-educated man His intentions for himself are good but because of Ethan not living to his potential or to what he desires his life is one big catastrophe He marries the woman who nurses his mother before her death but she keeps him from realizing his potential Because of him not pursuing certain things Ethan lives a life that is miserable and not what he expects Ethan Frome shows through the characterization of Ethan Frome that ones character defects can cause numerous consequences As his mother is close to death his cousin Zeena takes care of his mother To Ethan at first Zeenas presence makes things seem more optimistic and easier for him to deal with After the mortal silence of his long imprisonment Zeenas volubility was music in his ears He felt that he might have gone like his mother if the sound of a new voice had not come to steady him 69 70 Not realizing that Zeena has control over him after his mothers death he marries Zeena He marries her not for true happiness but only because he does not like the thought of himself being left alone After the funeral when he saw her preparing to go away he was seized with an unreasoning dread of being left alone on the farm and before he knew what he was doing he had asked her to stay there with him 70 Zeena controls Ethan from the get go She tells him where she wants to live but it seems that no town is good enough for her
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