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1 Abigail Brooks Mrs. Alexander English March 2, 2020 Truth is a Good Thing From the beginning of Ethan Frome, the narrator feels sympathetic towards Ethan. The narrator does not like Ethan’s wife, Zeena, and wants the reader to dislike her as well. The narrator tries to paint Zeena as a villain, even though Zeena never actually did anything to deserve that title. Zeena is not perfect, but she is also not the monster that the narrator portrayed her to be. Zeena never receives compassion from her husband, Zeena is the caretaker of Mattie, and Zeena is not responsible for the attempted suicide of Mattie or Ethan, and for those reasons, Zeena does not deserve the cruel depiction that the narrator gives her. Ethan did not show Zeena compassion. In the book it says, “she wanted sympathy, not consolation,”(Wharton pg. 89). This quote describes how Zeena always complained about her ailments to Ethan, and he never gave her the response she hoped for. Zeena wanted Ethan to tell her how sorry he felt that she was feeling sick. What is even worse is that Ethan knew that this is what Zeena wanted, but he could never bring himself to give Zeena the response she desired. Zeena was so desperate for the compassion of her husband she would create any illness she could. This shows that Zeena had real emotions and was not the evil person the narrator

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