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THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY AND ETHAN FROME COMPARISON The novels The Bridges of Madison County and Ethan Frome were very exceptional stories Each novel focused on a hidden love that could not be known to others because of the terrible fate it would case I thought that the stories mimic Robert Frosts poem the Road Not Taken except that both Francesca and Ethan Frome take the road that everyone else took They did not take the road less traveled because they felt that letting the world know they were together would ruin everyones lives These two people cared more about others and what they thought of them and then they did themselves If they would have taken the road less traveled and run away together then the stories would have not been so interesting Francesca and Ethan do the good human thing by not being with the one they love and remain with whom they married first The novels are that of anticipation and consequences of passion Which path should they follow Should they follow their hearts or not The settings in the Bridges of Madison County were beautiful and calm the whole time There was no change in the surroundings that would make you feel like something bad would happen The story has an emotional tension at some points and then a relaxing in love feeling at other times In Ethan Frome the setting is cold and lifeless The atmosphere is so dark and gloomy Whenever Ethan finds his true love it seems as though the atmosphere gets a little brighter in Ethans eyes because he is happy now Understanding the thoughts and feelings of both Francesca and Ethan are very interesting As you watch Francesca before she commits to the affair you understand her tension her indecision Ethan Frome was the same way he watched his every move around Mattie and tried to hide his feelings until he could no
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