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Motif in Ethan Frome

Motif Examples in Ethan Frome:

Chapter III

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"barren..."   (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..."   (Chapter III)

The phrase "health broke down" demonstrates a recurring motif in the novel of bad health permeating the atmosphere.

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