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Character Analyses- Ethan In Edith Whartons Ethan Frome the title character Ethan is man of 28 stuck in a tedious marriage with a woman that he does not truly love However Ethans character and the morals of the day prevent him from leaving his wife for a woman who he is in love with This says a lot about Ethans character Not only is he very loyal caring and honest but his morals and standards are something for everybody to admire After reading this story one might get the impression that Ethan got what he deserved for trying to leave Zeena However on closer examination we can see that although he wanted to leave Zeena not in a physical way but by death he still couldnt His loyalty to his wife forbade him We can see this when Wharton writes But suddenly his wifes face with twisted monstrous lineaments thrust itself between him and his goal and he made an instinctive movement to brush it aside His caring side also relates to his loyalty Although he didnt love his wife he did care for her well being Honesty was also a feature of Ethan He was honest to his marriage and to himself He didnt do anything with Matty silver but he was honest about the fact that he loved her He didnt try to deny his love from himself but admitted it Ethan is a very complex person His feelings and emotions are not as strong as his integrity and morals In this day and age it may seem odd but in that time a person had more respect for themselves and the well-being of others and if their feelings got in the way then their feelings would just have to take the back burner
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