Desire In Ethan Frome

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First Draft Desire inflates, when the fulfillment is illicit. The tragic romance Ethan Frome is written by Edith Wharton and was published 1911 in Paris. It is about a poor young farmer that lives near Massachussets in the stodgy town of Starkfield. He is unhappily married to his older wife Zeena, who has a fictitious illness. When they invite Zeenas bankrupt cousin to come and live with them to help out in their family, Ethan unfortunately falls in love with her. Mattie is youthful, pleasant and beautiful; she embodies everything that Ethan ever wanted. Zeena soon realizes the attraction between Mattie and Ethan so she decides to dismiss Mattie and look for a new household helper. Just as Ethan takes Mattie to the train station they both…show more content…
Ethan is attracted to his cousin Maddie, because she represents everything that he was hopelessly looking for in his wife Zeena. Even though they’re not intimate with each other they still sleep in the same bed “He and Zeena had not exchanged a word after the door of their room had closed on them“(Wharton 56).Between Ethan and Zeena there is no more communication. Already early on in the novel, Wharton makes it clear that there is tension between Ethan and his wife. Without trust and conversation a relationship is not possible, and there is nothing to build upon. Later in the novel we have the same situation but this time it was about Mattie “When the door of her room had closed on her he remembered that he had not even touched her hand“(Wharton 97).Unlike with his wife Zeena, Ethan consciously remembers that he hadn’t shown affection to Mattie. She’s the last person he thinks about before he goes to sleep and is beginning to fall and care for her. This detail foreshadows that something vast will happen between them, as ffection is a big part of becoming close to one another. Human affection is not just extremely important
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