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Ethan Frome as a Flawed Man and a Victim

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Ashley Mock 3/14/03 3rd Block Ethan Frome Essay Ethan Frome as a Flawed Man and a Victim Ethan Frome has many complex problems going on at the same time. His family has died and he has a wife, Zeena that is continually sick. The only form of happiness Ethan has is from his wife's cousin, Mattie. This, however, at times proves to be hard because of Zeena's interference. Nothing seems to be going in Ethan's favor. Throughout the book, Ethan is put into many different situations in which he seems to be a victim, and other times he seems to be just a flawed man undone by his own circumstances. These traits are shown by Ethan's marriage to Zeena, Ethan's inability to stand up to his wife, and his involvement in the "accident" with Mattie. ...read more.

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He found someone that cared for him, was always happy and could share his youth, unlike his sickly wife who always nagged him. He longed to be with Mattie; however, he had loyalty to his wife. He did not have the courage to stand up to society and resolve the error that he committed by marrying Zeena. Next, through Ethan's inability to stand up to his wife, we see how Ethan is victimized. Zeena claimed that a new doctor said that she was extremely sick. For an excuse to get rid of Mattie, Zeena claimed that she needed more efficient help around the house. She told him without any discussion that Mattie had to go. ...read more.

Conclusion

Ethan did not steer into the tree just right and it did not kill either one of them. Instead it just injured them severely, and these injuries stayed with them forever. Instead of dying with his true love, he had to live with guilt from his wife, the injured Mattie, and his broken dreams. In these three ways, of Ethan marrying the wrong person, his inability to stand up to his wife, and the injuries that come from the "accident", indicates that Ethan was victimized and that he was a flawed man undone by his own circumstances. Everything Ethan tried to do worked against his favor because he never had the internal strength to follow his own conscience and push forward until he realized his dreams. ?? ?? ?? ?? Mock 2 ...read more.

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