Wharton's Guilt In Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton

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In the novel, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, the main character, Ethan Frome, is to blame for the misery of the characters at the end of the novel due to his guilt. When Ethan is starting to write a letter to Zeena about how he is going to leave her and move West, he stops and thinks. Ethan says (directed towards Zeena), “‘I’m going to try my luck West, and you can sell the farm and mill, and keep the money’”(115). He ends up not finishing the letter to her because his guilt takes over and causes him to not follow through with his plan to move West. Ethan feels that he should not just leave Zeena in Starkfield with nothing. Ethan thinks his actions through and realizes the guilt he would have if he left Zeena in Starkfield with the farm, in

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