How does Zeena manipulate Ethan?

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In order to convey the necessary emotions to Ethan, Zeena manipulates him by hinting at the fact that even though he is late, he still has time to shave. Manipulation can also come from the unlikeliest of people. One of the more innocent characters, Mattie, is also one of the most manipulative characters.

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Similarly, it is asked, how does Zeena feel about Ethan?

Zeena's rule over Ethan is powerful. She is seen as a "mysterious alien presence" and an "evil energy." Zeena is silent, secretive, and observant. When she does speak, it is to voice either a want or a criticism; consequently, before the arrival of Mattie, silence has prevailed in the Frome household.

Secondly, does Mattie really love Ethan? Mattie in Love As a young woman, Mattie seems to be truly in love with Ethan. Everything from turning down Denis Eady to declaring her love indicates that her affection for Ethan is sincere. If she simply wanted an easy way out of poverty, she could have married Denis Eady and been mistress to the Eady grocery fortune.

Similarly one may ask, why does Ethan marry Zeena?

Ethan married Zeena because he was afraid of silence, just as his mother was. The Fromes appear to suffer from a fear of loneliness, which causes them to make poor decisions. Wharton implies that Zeena got "ill" because she couldn't bear moving to a larger town where Ethan would be out of her control.

Why did Ethan and Zeena stay in Starkfield?

-Zeena liked living in a small town because she felt more important and liked looking down on people. As opposed to her living in a big city where people would look down on her instead.

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Is Zeena actually sick?

Zeena is too ill, she claims, to be adequately served by one with as few skills as Mattie. It also places duties on Ethan and binds him to her.

Does Zeena die in Ethan Frome?

Instead of finding escape in suicide, he and Mattie have ended up in a state of living death, in which all Mattie's vitality has been leeched away, and she has transformed into a carbon copy of her former opposite, Zeena.

Is Ethan Frome a true story?

Wharton likely based the story of Ethan and Mattie's sledding experience on an accident that she had heard about in 1904 in Lenox, Massachusetts. Five people total were involved in the real-life accident, four girls and one boy. It is among the few works by Wharton with a rural setting.

What type of novel is Ethan Frome?

Horror fiction
Fantasy Fiction