Ethan Frome: The Tragic Not-So Hero Book Review

An analysis of the tragedy and irony of Edith Wharton's novel "Ethan Frome".
# 145761 | 958 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 28, 2010 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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This paper reviews the novel "Ethan Frome" and looks at how the main character- Ethan Frome- acts as the tragic hero. The paper discusses how Ethan Frome makes an important decision early in the story and how, by the end, the decision leads to the demise of his moral being. The paper also shows how, while the novel can be categorized as a tragedy, it also contains a sense of irony.

From the Paper:

"While Ethan's fate is tragic, his personality also possesses some tragic flaws. The flaws, in fact, can be credited with his ultimate downfall. While the flaws are both major and minor, there is one flaw that stands out from the rest- Ethan's inability to adapt and cope. With a dying wife, and lots of responsibilities (paying off the new hired hand, housework, etc.), Ethan should be stepping up and adapting to the situation and coping with the problem. Instead, he goes sledding with Mattie and attempts suicide; a prime example of his inability to handle certain situations. Another example of a flaw in Ethan's character is his struggle with decision making. In Chapter 5, Ethan must make a decision between rebellion and his own conscience. "

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