Battle of the Books: Ethan Frome vs. Of Mice and Men Research Paper between these two books of which book is better.

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Battle of the Books: Ethan Frome vs. Of Mice and MenMany novels are meant to be enjoyed by the reader as they are read. Some novels may relate to everyday relationships, while others may relate to society in general. Two authors that deal with these topics are Edith Wharton and John Steinbeck. Edith Wharton born Edith Newbold Jones to a wealthy family in New York combined her insider's view of America's privileged classes with a brilliant, natural wit to write humorous and incisive novels and short stories. On the other hand, John Steinbeck, born on February 27, 1902, in Salinas, California spent his summers working on nearby ranches. His inspiration came from everyday life as a worker. Ethan Frome, the title character of Edith Wharton's tragic novel Ethan Frome, lives in his own world of silence, where he replaces his scarcity of words with images and fantasies. While, on the other hand, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck is a modern parable about the unfairness of human society.

To start, many novels have different ways to appeal the reader. For example, novels use settings, moods, tones, and many other literary parts that a narrative needs. In Ethan Frome, the setting is taken place in Starkfield, Massachusetts, around the late nineteenth-early twentieth century. This novel also has a different variety of tones to keep the reader from falling asleep such as foreboding, bleak, ironic, tragic, and spare. This novel's point of view is a frame story that is told in the first person, from the narrator's limited point of view as a visitor unfamiliar with Starkfield and Ethan Frome. However, most of the book is written in the third person limited, in which the narrator accesses Ethan's thoughts but not those of the other characters. The genre of this novel...