Motif in Ethan Frome
Motif Examples in Ethan Frome:
"barren..." See in text (Chapter III)
The motif of bareness is demonstrated when nothing comes out of Ethan's barn, nothing comes out of Starkfield, and nothing happens in the relationship between Ethan and Zenobia, nor Ethan and Mattie.
"health broke down..." See in text (Chapter III)
The phrase "health broke down" demonstrates a recurring motif in the novel of bad health permeating the atmosphere.