In Ethan Frome, explain the situational analysis in the ending scene in Ethan's kitchen at the farmhouse?

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The basic situationalĀ  analysis lays in the irony of the situation itself.

The author brings us to the present time, when the complete story is revealed to us. At first, we found out that Ethan had been living in a deadful state of oppression and lack of love in his marriage to Zeena. We also know that the only glimmer of hope he saw in living life for a purpose was the presence of Mattie, whom he fell in love with.

After many obstacles, Ethan manages to spend one night having dinner with Mattie until the red pickle dish falls, exposing that Ethan had the nerve to go against Zeena's wishes and take out her much valued dish just for the sake of dining with Mattie.

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