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Welch Ebony L. Welch Dr. Kenyetta Thigpen LITR221: Civil War To Present 23 November 2014 Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton is a romantic tragedy novella. The story is set in the fictional wintery dreary town of Starkfield, Massachusetts. The main character Ethan Frome is married to Zenobia “Zeena” Frome, however Ethan is in love with Mattie Silver, Zeena’s cousin. Torn between his traditional American values of staying married to Zenna and his hopes and dreams, which include being with Mattie, his lover; the protagonist Ethan Frome endures a tragic metamorphosis. Throughout the novel, Ethan is left bitter and regretful, yet he remains uniquely American through a compilation of interwoven characteristics, which he displays in his strong endurance, his ability to survive poverty, his sensitive and loving ways, and his moral sensibility. In the novel the narrator speaks with Harmon Gow, a member of the Starkfield community about how Ethan cared for his ailing mother and father during their last days, as well as his hypochondriacal wife. “Somebody had to stay and care for the folks. There warn’t ever anybody but Ethan. Fust his father—then his mother —then his wife” (Wharton 6). Here it is apparent, that Ethan displays a strong sense of endurance when he is left to care for his family. Additionally, this simple quote displays how Edith Wharton takes advantage of literary language, using the dialect of Harmon Gow to exhibit the era and geographical location of characters. Digressing, American society is built on strong cultural values, some of which are distinctly visible in many individuals such as the protagonist in this novel. Ethan 1
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