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Ethan Frome

The novel Ethan Frome involves three main characters, Ethan Frome, Zeena Frome, and Mattie silver. These characters are at the center of this story. Each of these characters possesses very distinct traits, personalities, and attitudes. In the case of Mattie Silver an attitude that greatly contrast her situation.
Ethan Frome was a proud man, also a man of integrity. Although he was very poor he would not appear apathetic. He did not want the people of Starkfield to pity him. For this reason he would not socialize with the folks in town. Ethan did not want to discuss his economic troubles or the situation at the farm. He chose instead to carry his burden alone. Throughout the story his integrity shows. One example of this is the time when he arranged to meet the narrator to ride her to the train station. There was a bad storm that day and the narrator questioned whether Ethan would show up. Not only did he show up he rode her all the way to work knowing the trains would be delayed due to the storm and cause her to be late for work. Ethan was a sad person. His marriage of eight years was not successful, and his dream of moving west and becoming an engineer never materialized. Ethan??s marriage to Zeena was an unhappy one. They had problems after theirfirst year, and he realized he marri!
ed for the wrong reasons. His dream of moving to the west and becoming an engineer were never reached due to his obligation to his family. Ethan lived an unfulfilled existence.
As sickly as she was, Zeena managed to draw up enough energy to show her colors. She was a complainer, she was selfish, and she was also unhappy. Zeena had a talent for finding ills within her. Constantly she complained about what ailed her. Not only did she complain about her ailments, she found reasons to complain about others. Especially Mattie. Zeena would carry-on about Mattie??s cooking, cleaning, the care that she received from her, and even the expen

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