Description and explanation of the major themes of Ethan Frome
thetragedyofethanfrome - Themes
Determinism and naturalism are also present in this novel, which were subjects of high interest during the late nineteenth century (during which this novel is set.) Darwin and Huxley are important figures in this era, and influenced many aspects of society including literature in America. Determinism and naturalism refer to a type of world in which one’s fate is decided at birth, and in which the natural world is not forgiving or redeeming, it merely exists, as do the individuals that have little or no control over it. Darwin’s “Survival of the Fittest” doctrine makes people question whether they were born to survive or born to fail. Nature is the determining factor of fate, which is clearly present in the character of Ethan Frome ().
Desperation/ Themes of Ethan Frome
This is one of the more enjoyable novels I have read in high school andI think this film adaptation fits the book very well. It is about thelife of husband Ethan Frome (Liam Leeson) and his disabled wife, ZeenaFrome (Joan Allen). They hire a young woman, Mattie Silver (PatriciaArquette), to help tend to household needs and, as time passes, she andEthan fall in love.
I've found this movie to be quite enjoyable and engaging, as its dramaand plot are enthralling and beautifully depicted. The plot does flowwell as the movie is faithfully executed in accordance with the noveland the acting is quite astounding for the most part. The charactersespecially the three leads are sympathetic and phenomenal - you feelthe suffering Zeena's illness is causing her and the complexitysurrounding the forbidden love of Ethan and Mattie. The simplicity ofthe Victorian town the movie is set in and the snowy weather give thestory a solemn atmosphere.
If you have read the novel before watching this film, you will stillfeel intrigued by the plot and find the course of the eventssuspenseful, wondering how everything will play out at the end. It's agood piece of movie drama that is a must-see.