Overtime zeena begins to see the relationship between

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Overtime Zeena begins to see the relationship between Ethan and Mattie, and even the
people around the village have started asking questions. When Zeerna returns from her doctor’s appointment she tells Ethan that the doctor wants then to hire a girl to come in and take care of the house so that Zeena can rest. With the new girl coming in that means Mattie has to leave. Ethan becomes furious because once again he sees dreams of being happy being torn from him.He fight’s Zeena on it, but ultimately loses. He realizes that he’s been “mastered” by her, meaning he was no longer in charge of the house, and for that his hatred for her grew. Staring there looking at her at that moment he begins to feel that she is the cause of all his failures. She iswhy his pursuit of happiness, and his dreams have all faltered. “All the long misery of his baffledpast, of his youth of failure, hardship and vain effort, rose up in his soul in bitterness and seemed to take shape before him in the woman who at every turn had barred his way. She had taken everything else from him; and now she meant to take the one thing that made up for all the others” (Wharton, 1911). Once everything is said and done, Ethan finds Mattie and tells her that Zeena is getting rid of her, but more importantly he tells her how he feels. She to expresses her feeling towards Ethan and they kiss for the first time. Ethan tries one last time to find happiness by trying to find a way for him and Mattie to run away together, but ultimately that plan falls through just as all his others have throughout his life. Not even the last ditch effort of the two committing suicide together so that they could be with one another for works out for poor old Ethan. Throughout the story we’ve seen Ethan try countless times to do better for himself. He’s aman that has been beaten down but continues to get back up. His entire life was a series of dreams that ended up being destroyed by circumstance. Ethan himself is frustrated by desire and ambition. Everything he set forward for himself he failed at: becoming an engineer, moving to a town, running away with Mattie, and even committing suicide. Although he tries, Ethan’s
American dream of the pursuit of happiness never comes to fruition. Instead he ends up living the rest of his life with not just one, but two women who make his life miserable.
Works CitedWharton, Edith. Ethan Frome. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911. 70, 71, 39, 51, 118. Print.

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