Theme Of Passion And Integrity In Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome

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As Edith Wharton said, “The worst of doing one’s duty was that it apparently unfitted one for doing anything else”. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton involved a man who was stuck in a love triangle as well as his home in Starkfield. The themes of passion and integrity apply to Ethan Frome like no other, whereas the theme of passion applies to Mattie Silver. Ethan Frome has tried countless times to get out of his home in Starkfield, “he’s been in Starkfield too many winters”(Wharton 6). All of Ethan’s attempts leave him empty and drawn back because of the sense of duty and integrity he has in him. When Ethan was a young man, he attended school in Worcester for engineering. He was drawn back to Starkfield by the death of his father, “and the
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