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...take away his and her pain. Their life together, however, has just begun. Ethan and Mattie survive the crash; however, Ethan gets the worst part of the bargain. He must deal with “Mattie Silver [becoming] Zeena's double rather than Ethan's compliment” (Ammons 2). Mattie becomes just like Zeena, whining and complaining after becoming an invalid after the crash. Ethan, now, must care for them both and “the witch triumphs” taking Ethan's old life into a living nightmare foreshadowed by the ironic symbolism throughout the novella (Ammons 2).
Ammons, Elizabeth. "Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome and the Questions of Meaning." Studies in American Fiction 7.2 (1979): 127-40. Print.
Bernard, Kenneth. "Imagery and Symbolism in Ethan Frome." College English 23.1 (1961): 178- 84. Print.
Wharton, Edith. Ethan Frome. New York, N.Y., U.S.A.: Signet Classic, 2000. Print.
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