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The real cause of Ethan’s tragedy is the destructive power of one woman.

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The real cause of Ethan's tragedy is the destructive power of one woman. The tragedy of Ethan's life was not due to the destructive power of one woman but due to many factors that caused him not to be able to leave Starkfield and pursue his dreams. His future was placed into jeopardy when his father died, which effectively ended his studies, and forced him to return home to look after his mother. After his mother's death, he married Zeena because he just couldn't stand being alone. The marriage turned out to be a failure because Ethan and Zeena were not compatible. They hardly talked on a frequent basis and there was no love between the two. Later on, Zeena falls ill and Mattie is brought to the farm to help out with things around the house. The arrival of Mattie causes Ethan to pursue forbidden love. Financial struggle keeps him at the farm. One of the factors of the tragedy of Ethan Frome is his lost potential. Ethan's studies were prematurely ended by the death of his father. ...read more.

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Ethan's marriage to Zeena was the cause of the misery in his life. The reason Ethan was married to Zeena is because when his mother died, he was afraid of being the only one on the farm; he did not want to be alone, and needed to be with someone. He forced himself to marry Zeena. Zeena is seven years older than Ethan, and the two are not compatible people. Further on, Ethan sees Zeena as someone who is 'flat-breasted, grey-faced, and wears false teeth' and speaks in a whiny tone. Ethan and Zeena also do not hold talk on a regular basis. Zeena talks in monosyllable. The couple feel awkward around each other. Zeena is also a financial burden for Ethan, because of Zeena's illness, she needs to buy medicine, and we know as a fact that medicine is not cheap. Ethan was not able to leave the marriage because he felt he was responsible for Zeena since she would not be able to survive without Ethan. ...read more.

Conclusion

The tragedy of Ethan Frome is not due to the destructive power of one woman but it is because Ethan was not able to leave Starkfield and pursue his dreams. He was not able to leave Starkfield because he could not finish his education. Ethan was also tied down at Starkfield due to his marriage with Zeena. Zeena needs Ethan to look after her. Poverty keeps Ethan at Starkfield, because he does not have the money to leave or does he have enough to fund Zeena's life afterwards. Mattie's arrival at the Frome property pursues Ethan to pursue forbidden love and tempts him to leave with her. But because of the cultures and morals of that time, leaving a marriage was a serious moral crime to commit and doing so would be impossible. The last blow to Ethan's chances of leaving Starkfield was his failed attempt to suicide with Mattie. The attempt left them with heavy physical injuries and crippled. Ethan was stuck in Starkfield forever and this, from my point of view, is the true tragedy behind his story. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alex Chu ...read more.

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