In the novel, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, we are introduced to characters whom are indecisive. The dilemmas these people face cause them to make rash, and even painful decisions. People in general want to be happy, yet they have a hard time, just like the characters, in making the choice to change their future.
If one must make his or her own choices, then the choices they make must influence the things they do. Many things influence the decisions we make, and the decisions we make, in turn, carry consequences of their own. In the case of the novel, we are introduced to a man who is troubled because of his indecisiveness. Ethan voices his indecision in this quote, " He had made up his mind to do something, but he did not know what it would be" (74).
The choice which arises is whether or not Ethan should stay in his comfort zone, or to take a risk.
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, comfort is defined as "a feeling of relief or encouragement." Ethan's comfort is his whole life. Being able to have a stable home and job is the only relief that Ethan feels. Despite the unhappiness of his marriage, Ethan knows the situation is the best he can get in his bleak environment. A risk is defined as "an exposure to hazard or damage." Ethan wants to take a risk, to leave his comfort zone, and run away with Mattie.
The choice he needs to make is sure to have consequences. If he chooses to stay with Zeena, and let Mattie go her way, he would obviously loose her forever. This is also Ethan's last chance to rid himself of Zeena. On the other hand, if he did go with Mattie, there would be...