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Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton- In the novel Ethan Frome Edith Wharton draws many parallels between the plot of the novel and its setting The setting of a cold and gloomy winter makes for an inevitably cold and gloomy plot Ethan Zeena and Mattie all contribute to the gloominess of this plot by either making it worse or having the chance to improve their circumstances and not taking it Ethan Frome a New England farmer is a very complex sensitive and emotional man yet no one besides the reader is let in on this little secret He feels a great deal of love towards Mattie and a great deal of hate towards Zeena but these feelings are unknown to the women because he cannot express them Like most men Ethan is afraid to express his feelings to anyone and because of this problem he and Mattie end up crippled and in a constant state of misery while the one from whom they are trying to escape ends up as their caretaker Ethans feelings are like the sun that does not shine during this gloomy winter And had this sun shone down on the trio they could have ended up in a much better state than they did Perhaps Mattie and Ethan wouldnt have felt that a double suicide was their only way out and maybe but probably not Zeena would have understood that Ethan never loved her and that it was a one-sided marriage from the beginning Zeena is a mean bitter hypochondriac who has nothing better to do with her time than to make her husbands life a living hell Actually she has better things to do with her time but shes a hypochondriac so she always has an excuse
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