Critics have claimed that Starkfield is an important character in the novel, while it is not a person character. Starkfield is another side of Ethan. This book does a good job of comparing and contrasting Ethan to Starkfield. Ethan and Starkfield share many similarities. At the same time, Ethan and Starkfield are different from each other. .
Ethan can be compared to Starkfield because of their similarities. It seems hard to compare a town and a person, but in reality they are similar in many ways. Starkfield is very cold and has harsh winters. Ethan Frome's father, mothers have died. His wife is sick almost to the point of dying where she is house ridden. Both Starkfield and Ethan Frome have endured harshness in their lives. In the novel Ethan Frome written by Edith Wharton, the main character is Ethan Frome. Ethan Frome is a poor farmer who lives in Starkfield, New England. The book is told through a series of flashbacks which are narrated to the reader. The narrator is an engineer for a power company who sees Ethan at the post office everyday, and this is what sparks the narrator to tell Ethan's Story of his life in Starkfield. Throughout Ethan's life, he endures the hardships of life. The narrator says, "Guess he's been in Starkfield too many winters. Most of the smart ones get away" (pg. 6). Both Ethan and Starkfield have troubles, "All the dwellers in Starkfield, as in the more noticeable communities, had troubles enough of their own to make them comparatively indifferent in those of their neighbors" (pg. 10). Starkfield is different from its neighboring cities, just as Ethan Frome is different from the people in his town. Starkfield's winters are similar to the bad times in Ethan's life when things don't go his way. They both have internal problems. Ethan and Starkfield both have past histories that never went the way they wanted.
Ethan Frome is different from Starkfield because Ethan is a person.