Seven page final paper analyzing and connecting Things Fall Apart, The Stranger, and Beloved together by use of theme, characterization, setting, conflict, and point of view.

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Three novels - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, The Stranger by Albert Camus, and Beloved by Toni Morrison, each bear a close resemblance to each other. Through the use of theme, characterization, setting, conflict, and point of view each author manages to create numerous similar points that link the characters of each novel to the others. Themes in each of the novels have common goals, common ideals. From responsibility to acceptance from society, the themes of the novel are closely related. Characterization parallels itself through each of the novels - each character is shown through both direct and indirect characterization and the characters have traits that are alike. The settings of each of the novels are essential to the story. If the setting differed in any of the novels, the underlying themes and the basic story would have to be greatly altered in order to produce the same effect, in essence, the story would be irreversibly changed, either for the worse or the better.

The conflicts in each of the novels also are closely related. Each of the main characters in the three novels go through similar trials throughout their lives, each of the characters share similar experiences through what the must endure. Lastly, the points of view of each of the novels are also closely related. Each novel has similar points in the point of view, and each of the novels could not be told in a different manner, the point of view given is what defines the story.

The themes of Things Fall Apart, Beloved, and The Stranger all seek to evoke similar responses from the reader. Each novel relays the themes of acceptance by society and taking responsibility for one's actions. The main character's actions in each novel convey their lack of responsibility and the...