Finding Yourself for Another in Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton

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Many times in people’s lives they are faced with big decisions that revolve around two ideas of success, following the rules and securing their future within their society, or going outside their comfort zone to purse their dreams. In Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton, Ethan wants to have a secure future in his town but desires a more intellectual profession and passionate spouse. There is a sense of stability in having a reliable job, likeability, and a perception by other as well off. In Ethan Frome this is expressed: “After his father’s death it had taken time to get his head above water, and he did not want Andrew Hale or, anyone else in Starkfeild, to think he was going under again”. (Wharton 40)
Although these features of society are consolatory, it must be realized that first and foremost should come the discovery of one’s self and what will ultimately make them happy. An individual’s career struggles tend to depend on this decision. They must choose between a safe job at a desk with acceptance by government benefits and local society, or chase their passion without any support. The decision for security is often to be part of a prestigious company that is praised by society, or in Ethan's case, a man sticking to his family business in the eyes of a small town. However this sense of security is often a fabrication. The job presents itself as protected and reliable, which most people long for, but in that context the security is for the job itself rather than the

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