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ETHAN FROME Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light Albert Schweitzer Ethan Frome who takes care of his ill wife becomes very attracted with his wifes sister and must choose whether or not to express his feelings Individual responsibility is the obstacle when dealing with ones free will This will be shown by analyzing Ethans choices of individual responsibility and free will Ethan from Starkfield New England is a poor farmer who is taking care of his ill wife Zeena Zeena had always been what Starkfield had called sickly pg 35 She suffered from asthma and other complications People struggled for years with troubles but they always succumbed to complications pg 108 Ethan felt it was his obligation to take care of his ill wife as they had been married for seven years When they married they agreed as soon as he could straighten out the difficulties he would sell the farm and saw mill and try their luck in a large town pg 71 It was believed that her sickness was derived from the effect of life on the farm or perhaps as she sometimes said it was because Ethan never listened pg 72 Due to this Ethan felt it was his responsibility to take care of his wife Zeena had been trying hard to get help as she occasionally left town to seek medical assistance Ethan had grown to dread these situations because of their cost pg 62 Zeena had always returned with expensive remedies that were promising but never ended up working Ethan felt his commitment of marriage was enough for him to believe that it was possible for his wife to re-cooperate from her illness and return to a normal life While Ethan was taking care of Zeena it was suggested that they should acquire
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