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In every book, it is the tone that sets the mood and overall feeling of the book. Authors use setting and imagery to set the tone of the book. For example, to set a joyful tone of a book, the author might set the story in a colorful place with cheerful residents, portraying a joyful tone. Imagery such as a bright and warm sun can be included to add to the joyful tone. In Ethan Frome, Wharton uses the bleak setting of Starkfield and imagery, such as the graves and colors of the setting to set the depressing and hopeless tone of the novel. Like a prison with hopeless inmates, the long and cold winter of the novel’s setting drains the life and color out of the townspeople. The winter slows down and limits the movement of the townspeople, preventing them to leave even if they want to. This makes the people look helpless and gives the story a hopeless feeling. Instead of being glad that the winter is over, the people seem lifeless and start to blend in with the gray landscape once the winter subsides.
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