Ethan Frome Got Some Dome

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All great authors purposely select specific elements to amplify the settings of their stories. Edith Warten and Langston Hughes respectfully use the stings of their stories to enhance the mood, “Early Autumn” and the novel Ethan Frome. In the short story Early Autumn, Langston Hughes uses the setting to amplify the mood by implementing the heavily populated city and the dusk like atmosphere. In the novel Ethan Frome, Edith Warten uses the harsh and dull winter setting to emphasize the bitterness of the mood.

In the short story “Early Autumn” the setting reflects upon the mood in many different ways. Hughes uses the populated city to enhance the areas around the main characters Bill and Mary; this makes the reader feel as if they are being rushed. The author also uses all the people to symbolize the fact that the conversation between the two characters isn’t significant in the big picture. The dusky time of day shows that the time that Bill and Mary have left is very short, as the sun sets the setting gets darker. Langston Hughes uses the setting to display hidden details that adjust the mood in the short story.

In the novel Ethan Frome written by Edith Warten the setting plays a very important role in depicting the mood. The town of Stark Field is very bleak and cold, Warren purposely describes the setting this way to show the desolate mood of the story. The harsh winters in the story symbolize the bitterness between Ethan and his wife Zena. As a result of these specific details within the setting the reader gets a better understand of the mood. An example of some of these hidden details could be the fact that the town itself is known as Stark-Field or Bland-Farm. These are all specific elements that Edith Warten applied to the novel in order to enhance the mood.

An author purposely chooses and includes various details about a story’s setting in order to create and enhance the story’s mood. The mood of a story can be deepened by a setting like...
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