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The novel Ethan Frome takes place in Starkfield, Massachusetts. The novel is focused around the depressing life of Ethan Frome who has “been in Starkfield too many winters”. He is living a tiresome life being married to Zeena. Ethan Frome always had a vision for the future of leaving his family farm in Starkfield, Massachusetts to move to a bigger city and become an engineer. But slowly, that all went downhill when his mother became sick. Zeena came and nursed Ethan’s mother to the point of where, according to Zeena, that is how she lost her own health. Because of Zeena’s help her family assumes that is why Ethan married her, “Yes; and my folks all told me at the time you couldn’t do no less than marry me . This is how Ethan slowly became depressed and lost his manhood. He was trapped, due to the mental illness of his wife Zeena. The winter conditions portray this. Zeena’s bitter attitude can be comparable to the harsh cold conditions of

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