Ethan Frome

how do zeena and mattie differ psychologically?

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Zeena is a hypochondriac who needs to control the men in her life. Not only does she control Ethan but she seeks to control the successive doctors that she brings her myriad of ailments to. At home Zeena tends to be cold and indifferent to Ethan's needs. Mattie, on the other hand, is exciting, nurturing and intimate. She is the antithesis of Zeena. Of course Ethan and Mattie have a burgeoning romance but the comparisons between the women can be easily made.