Internal Conflict In Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton

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Covered by only a thick blanket of soft snow, desolate land stretches for miles in each direction. In the wake of another storm, calm wind whistles through barren trees. Slowly melting in the first rays of sunlight, icicles hang from the tips of tall evergreen trees. Grey buildings stand, with their wooden sides heavily weathered by the harsh winters endured. With deserted streets and quiet houses, Starkfield sleeps silently. Gradually, inhabitants wake from their slumber and start another day stuck in perpetual monotony. All who remain in the small town are trapped--trapped by the intense weather and even by their own minds. Using the setting, Wharton shapes her protagonist, Ethan Frome into a man riddled with internal conflict and regret.

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