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Ethan Frome and the Role of Community

Summary: In the novel Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton explores the perilous lack of balance between society's moral codes and an individual's freedom of personal choice. Society traps the main character, Ethan Frome, through his financial constraints, his undying obedience to his wife, and his own personal battles with the concept of morality.
From childhood through adulthood we as able-bodied human beings, smart enough to make our own decisions, often comply with society's prescribed moral codes. We must follow these codes out of fear of obtaining the label of an "outcast" for pursuing one's own dreams, thus breaking set conventional standards. Many a times society's morality, a pre-determined set of ethics dictating right and wrong, clashes with an individual's freedom of choice. Therefore when society has already dictated rules an individual must follow, a person is deprived of his/her inalienable right to execute his freedom of choice. What may be deemed right and/or appropriate by society may not be right or healthy for an individual. In the novel Ethan Frome, Edith Wharton explores the perilous lack of balance between society's moral codes and an individual's freedom of personal choice. Society traps the main character...

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