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The Deception Of Necession In Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome

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“Most of the time, we see only what we want to see, or what others tell us to see, instead of really investigate to see what is really there. We embrace illusions only because we are presented with the illusion that they are embraced by the majority. When in truth, they only become popular because they are pounded at us by the media with such an intensity and high level of repetition that its mere force disguises lie and truths. And like obedient schoolchildren, we do not question their validity and swallow everything up like medicine. Why? Because since the earliest days of our youth, we have been conditioned to accept that the direction of the herd, and authority anywhere — is always right.” In the novella, Ethan Frome written by Edith Wharton…show more content…
Ethan’s time spent in Florida was only for a brief period of time and he was very positive while being there. During that time, it showed Ethan everything he doesn’t have in Starkfield. Then Ethan’s father is kicked in the head by a horse.

Ethan wants to pursue college but, his mother gets sick and dies. Ethan’s mother is oppressed by an illness that causes her to wither mentally and physically. Her illness intensifies for several years leaving only the farm to Ethan. After Ethan’s mother had died, Ethan then proceeds to marry Zeena.

Ethan wants to maintain his sanity because he feels alone, being married to Zeena basically gave him a purpose for living, but after he met Mattie he realizes he could have so much more; however, divorcing Zeena would be violating the rules of society. Ethan’s life on the farm, provides little income to him. He is bored and desperate for a sense of purpose in his life. aEthan then imagines how his life will be in the future with Mattie when they spend time together alone in the house for the first time. Zeena’s personality is seen as controlling and negative. She doesn’t show Ethan any type of sentimental
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