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Many novels are being made into films nowadays resulting in media exposure and perhaps an increased amount of readers for the novel However the film seldom shows the true essence of the book and can result in a misleading view of the novel In the case of Ethan Frome the movie has sought to capture the haunting tragedy as it was portrayed in the novel by its author Edith Wharton The movie starts with the introduction of the equivalent of the novels narrator now a pastor instead of an engineer The reason for this change in roles is perhaps for the narrator to have a better reason for judging the people of Starkfield in the way they treat the Fromes Otherwise the audience might find the fact that a young engineer is judging the people a bit strange However the change results in a lot more dialogue and interaction between the narrator and the people in the town This is different from the detachment the narrator has which is prevalent in the novel The movie adequately captures the bleak and dreary mood in the novel The camera shows the Frome household in the middle of nowhere with no houses nearby in the middle of winter This with the addition of appropriate music creates a bleak atmosphere and there is no doubt in the audiences mind of an impending sense of gloom and tragedy The darkness of the house amongst the pure white of the snow is a symbol of the darkness within the house It shows that the people living in the house the Fromes are not happy people They have their burdens and a darkness in their lives that is further intensified by the joy of the people around them The audience is perhaps more aware than readers of the book of the dreariness of the isolated town as they are shown visually aspects of isolation and desertion that the reader would have
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