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Indecisiveness In the novel Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton we are introduced to characters whom are indecisive The dilemmas these people face cause them to make rash and even painful decisions People in general want to be happy yet they have a hard time just like the characters in making the choice to change their future If one must make his or her own choices then the choices they make must influence the things they do Many things influence the decisions we make and the decisions we make in turn carry consequences of their own In the case of the novel we are introduced to a man who is troubled because of his indecisiveness Ethan voices his indecision in this quote He had made up his mind to do something but he did not know what it would be 74 The choice which arises is whether or not Ethan should stay in his comfort zone or to take a risk According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary comfort is defined as a feeling of relief or encouragement Ethans comfort is his whole life Being able to have a stable home and job is the only relief that Ethan feels Despite the unhappiness of his marriage Ethan knows the situation is the best he can get in his bleak environment A risk is defined as an exposure to hazard or damage Ethan wants to take a risk to leave his comfort zone and run away with Mattie The choice he needs to make is sure to have consequences If he chooses to stay with Zeena and let Mattie go her way he would obviously loose her forever This is also Ethans last chance to rid himself of Zeena On the other hand if he did go with Mattie there would be certain social and personal repercussions Realizing this it may be asked why Ethan did not run away with Mattie On one level he
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