Ethan Frome Lit. Crit. Essay
Throughout the story of Ethan Frome, Ethan shows how he would give up anything for his responsibilities. Ethan did not want to give up law school. He had to because of his father getting sick. He felt obligated to do things he didn’t want to do. For example his parents getting sick at different times, he felt obligated to take care of them instead of someone else. He had to move back and they money but then his father lost it all and they became poor so now Ethan had to do something to get some money to provided for his family. Marxism is mainly about money and if you don’t have money then your not happy and you will be unhappy because you wont have as much as you would like. The narrator needed a ride to his work and he couldn’t find anyone someone told him about Ethan, that he will do anything to make a buck. The narrator asked Ethan and he ended up saying yes because he needed the money. When Ethan came back from law school, for good, his mother hired Zeena to take care of her but then people started talking and he felt obligated to marry Zeena in the end. When Ethan’s mother died she was worried about money and what Ethan’s dad had done. Ethan worked in his lumber limb that he had and did anything to get a few bucks here and there. Since Zeena “always” got sick, since Ethan’s mother died, she would spend most of their money to pay for her medical bills and medication. Instead of paying a maid to come and work for them Zeena was able to get Mattie to help her for free because Mattie didn’t have anyone after her parents died except her cousin Zeena. The first time Ethan picked up Mattie to him it felt like love at first sight when they first met her. Even though it was love at first sight he didn’t realize that it was going to be another person to feed even with the little money he was making from the lumber limb. Financially he had to make a way to provide to feed an extra person. Ever since Ethan...
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