Describe several events from Ethan Fromethat demonstrate the positive and negative aspects of the lack of communication. For example: Ethan gets confronted by Zeena for shaving on a daily basis ever...

Describe several events from Ethan Frome that demonstrate the positive and negative aspects of the lack of communication.

For example: Ethan gets confronted by Zeena for shaving on a daily basis ever since Mattie's arrival.

Ethan Frome comments that people are saying Mattie is going to leave them, rather than telling her that Zeena is displeased with her work.

Ethan and Mattie's night alone together.

Jotham Powell refuses to stay for dinner - realizing that there is tension between Ethan, Mattie and Zeena.

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The theme of communication is a central one to this novel.  As your post suggests, communication has its positives and its negatives.  On the positive side, good communication fosters a tighter relationship between people; it can foster truth; it makes life more clear because a person "knows where they stand" with others.  On the negative side, good communication can bring out truth that one might rather not know.  These are all relevant to a discussion of the theme of communication in Ethan Frome.

In your first example above, Zeena is clearly communicating to Ethan that she notices his attraction to Mattie, as evidenced by his shaving and paying more attention to his...

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