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In Edith Whartons Ethan Frome numerous topics are conveyed that are associated with the characters One example exists as the discussion whether or not the characters are victims of fate Throughout the novel multitudes of instances confirm that the characters are indeed victims of fate As the history of Ethan Fromes life unfolds readers see that his life is controlled by fate Ethan lead a amazing life due to his intelligence but at the time of his fathers deathhad put a premature end to Ethans studies Wharton 28 Death can not be controlled only by fate and it is by that fate that Ethans life had been expired Even as a child Ethan was born to a lifestyle of poverty As his fathers death caused Ethan to do without convivial loiterings within the villagehis mother fell ill causing full responsibility of the farm on to Ethan 58 He had no choice but to run the farm by himself in order to support his ill mother After the death of the mother Ethan was haunted by the fact of living in silence in the farm Before he knew what he was doing he proposed to Zeena in order to keep the house filled with chatter 59 It was if by fate Zeena was the one to come and treat his mother and it was by fate that Ethan was drawn to the noisiness of Zeenas chatter as it seemed to be music to his ears After the wedding however Zeena became quite the hypochondriac thus annoying Ethan Ethan could not control Zeenas action because it was by fate that Zeena would assume the role of a shrew As the story neared the end Mattie told Ethan to kill them both so that they would be together forever Fate again played a role to control his life by sending images of Zeena to his mind As a result he flinched causing much damage to the bodies of
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