The Devolution of a Man The Winter of Our Discontent, by John Steinbeck, centers around Ethan Allen Hawley, a grocery clerk who progresses as a much more intricate character than he initially appears. The Hawleys were once a prominent family in New Baytown, but they lost their wealth through a series of unfortunate events. As a result of this downfall, Ethan and his family suffer both financially and socioeconomically; the Hawley name may historically carry influence in New Baytown but it is only a matter of time before they are completely excluded from the wealthy class. Although Ethan lives in discontent with his circumstances, he elects not to actively pursue to regain wealth for his family. Ethan purposely does not succumb to fraudulent …show more content…
In a matter of months, he successfully gains ownership to the grocery store and obtains the deed to Danny’s valuable land. With the exception of living with the guilt of what he did to Marullo and Danny, Ethan nearly walks away from the situation unscathed. However, when he learns that Allen cheated in order to win honorable mention in the essay contest, Ethan’s world comes crashing down in front of him. Ethan had observed his own decline and accepted his lack of morality; he had convinced himself that he was operating similarly to everyone else in New Baytown. However, after observing Allen discuss corruption by saying, “Who cares? Everybody does it. It’s the way the cooky [sic] crumbles,” (276) Ethan realizes his excuses were not a satisfactory solution to the crimes he committed. When describing his own morals, Ethan knows his “light is out,” and that “There’s nothing blacker than a wick,” (279). He fully prepares to end his life in the Place and grabs a pack of razors. However, something stops Ethan. As someone who decayed as a result of the society surrounding him, Ethan comprehends that he can still serve a purpose greater than himself by helping his daughter Ellen avoid the same mistakes. This shot at redemption provides renewed purpose and energy for Ethan. Although his wick has been blackened by his actions, he embraces the capacity to provide some good in the world. As he trudges against the powerful waves of the Place, Ethan is determined to prevent Ellen from succumbing to the same pressures of society that he fell victim to. He knows he must “return the talisman to its new owner. Else another light might go out,”
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As result of several illnesses within his family, Ethan was forced to stay in Starkfield without a degree or the life he truly desired. Zeena’s constant state of hypochondria pushed Ethan farther away from his goals and closer to an unhappy marriage. When the new help arrived in Zeena’s cousin
Ethan had to balance his budding relationship with Mattie with taking care of sickly Zenobia. He felt obligated to care for Zenobia because they had developed trust between each other the past seven years. As a result, Ethan decided not to leave Zenobia and run away with Mattie. Doing so, in his mind, would leave Zenobia alone and sick with no one to care for her. Although he would have given her the deed to the farm, the money she would get from liquidating the poor farm would not be nearly enough to support the next phase of her life, whether it be moving away or finding a new job in the surrounding area.
Your personal fulfillment versus your duties can cause a rift in your life. Ethan Frome was in competition with the duties for his wife and his personal happiness and choosing to be with Mattie. He had to always choose on the important things in his life. This very thing caused confusion in his life. The author uses point of view , imagery, and the setting to show how Ethan’s feelings were portrayed about both women in the book and his life.
Ethan is more of an introvert than an extrovert, and he longs for the approval of his father. Antagonist: Morgan Davis: Morgan is Ethan’s father. Ethan is in love with a 14 year old orphan named Rachel, but Morgan wants him to marry a girl with status. He tries to sabotage Ethan’s relationship with Rachel. An example of this is revealed in Rachel’s diary.
All of these things occurred and yet Ethan Frome pushes on, at war with his own life. Ethan was miserable because his life was miserable. When his only source of happiness dissipates, he forever separates himself from contentment because of all of his unfortunate
Chasing the American Dream “Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle,”quoted by the famous author F. Scott Fitzgerald, in behold of the truth. In the two stories Winter Dreams and The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, both demonstrate a high demanded society of wealth and social class. Both main characters from each story, known as Dexter and Gatsby are reaching to fit in the high class society to achieve the American Dream. Which is well-known as old money in New York for Gatsby and general wealth in Minnesota for Dexter. As both characters try to fit in this society to impress the woman of their dreams, they see the other side of love and its’ effects of it.
He is a handsome young man with a ginormous ego. In the novel, Ethan sees Sarah Lemon, a girl who is not popular or cool take interest in him. At first, he agrees but at the last second Ethan cancels. He reschedules but this time he gets her drunk, kisses her, and tries to do other things. At school, Ethan even makes fun of Sarah with his friends.
Ethan’s bad choices of leaving school, feeling lonely and marrying Zeena and then also being avoidant when he wants to leave her. Obviously, Ethan Frome’s tragedy is all caused by his personal decisions. One of many ignorant choices Ethan makes is when his mother gets ill, somewhere in the beginning of the story. During this time, Ethan dropped out of college.
Ethan Frome It has been known since the beginning of time that personal choices could completely flip your life upside down. Just like the saying “Curiosity killed the cat,” many people have fallen in the dark shadows of temptation and lived life in misery. Some choices could change your life for the better, but in most cases, we are attracted to the prohibited. For example, in the book Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, Ethan was trapped between commitment and desire. It was Ethan’s impulse and irrational decisions that led him to his own crisis.
The tragic novella of Ethan Frome, by Edith Wharton focuses on adultery in rural New England. Stressing the importance of relationships, the narrator tells the story of Ethan Frome, a man searching for love. Despite being married to his cousin Zeena, he only views this civil union as a moral obligation. Then, he ventures into an adulterous relationship with Mattie Silver, and begins to understand what love is really about. The author often focuses on a red pickle dish, a treasured wedding gift, which unexpectedly shatters.
Mattie, Zeena and Ethan were all responsible for their own actions which resulted in them getting what they deserved. Ethan Frome was a young, 28 year old man, who lived in Starkfield, Massachusetts and was married to Zenobia Frome. Zeena helped care for Ethan’s mother when she was dying, which is how they got to know each other. After the death of his mother, Ethan began
Right after the dish breaks, Ethan said that Zeena would have to blame it on the cat. In chapter 7, Ethan blames the cat which caused Zeena to “turn her eyes to Mattie” (Wharton, chap 7). This could also mean that Zeena blames Mattie for breaking the dish and relationship. In chapter 6, Ethan gets the glue to fix the dish. Symbolically it could mean that he found a plan or a way to fix his relationship.
He attended college and found that his dream was to live in a metropolitan area where he could experience all that life in the city had to offer. This dream took a hard hit when his father died and his mother became ill. His cousin Zeena was there for both his mother and him, this convinced Ethan that he could not live alone, so he married Zeena. The nice girl turned wicked and miserable, forcing Ethan into a cycle of unhappiness that he could not break out of. Ethan Frome gave up his dreams, his happiness, for a miserable life with a miserable woman.
Kirsten Dunst once said, “You can never control who you fall in love with, even when you're in the most sad, confused time of your life. It just happens.” This quote relates to the relationships between the characters in Ethan Frome. The relationships people have with each other can affect them in a negative or positive way, and in Edith Wharton's novel, Ethan Frome, Ethan Frome and Mattie Silver enjoy a unique relationship that affects them both in a positive way. One positive effect of Ethan Frome and Mattie Silver’s relationship is that Frome initiated to invest more thought into his actions.
He experiences a brief hiatus when Zeena the Nurse arrives to care for his dying mother; but after his mother's death and his successive marriage to Zeena, she falls silent just as silent as his mother. Communication between the couple is minimal, artificial, shallow. After Mattie's arrival, Zeena forces a smothering silence on her as well with her "fault-finding (that is) of the silent kind"(pg. 37). This truly expresses the nature of Ethan and the nature of this book because of its inability to