The way the novel starts implies real drama, passions, adventures, and trials.
But, despite of all the expectations, we are shown a boring chain of events that leads to the fatal contingence (Jason Ihle 2012).
Have you ever been faced with obstacles in the pursuit of happiness?
How often do morals hinder the fulfillment of desires? The theme of the novel Ethan Frome is that a person’s morals and society’s constraint can obstruct the journey to execute one’s desires.
In his dreams, Ethan is about to give up everything and run away with his beloved woman.
But as he wakes up, the sinister life reminds him that he will have to stay at his place forever.
In fact, Ethan almost kisses Mattie at the door of his house.
The fire burning between Ethan and Mattie quickly deteriorates upon the arrival of Zeena’s aggressive figure standing in the door.
Still, the deadly danger was too close to them; they should be very careful, but they were not.
The same day they became very close to death again, after the collision.