1Professor Marianna BlackEnglish 102-C7A, 45708, 457097 December 2014Essay #2Although it is believed that intimacy is a key factor in keeping a marriage together, itis in fact a reality that a lack of emotional bonding and communication can destroy arelationship as well. This is evident in “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton as seen throughthe relationship between Zeena and Ethan.Intimacy in a relationship seems to be the most important factor for the relationship tosurvive. But is it always the case? “The success of a marriage, Johnson says, is far moreabout that emotional bond than about hot sex or anything else. A good marriage has tohave trust, empathy, reciprocity of feelings and the sense that your partner will be therefor you when you need him” (Timson 1). Timson suggests that a successful relationshipis far more than a physical attraction. An emotional connection between the partners is anecessity for the marriage to thrive. In Edith Wharton’s novel, the level of intimacy between the main character EthanFrome and his wife Zeena is always questionable. It seems as though it is non-existing.Every time Ethan describes his wife he uses words of disgust, “the sight came with theintense precision of the last dream before waking. He felt as if he had never beforeknown what his wife looked like” (Wharton 22). Ethan is not sexually attracted to Zeena.