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Compare and contrast setting and character depiction in the novels

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Compare and contrast setting and character depiction in the novels "Of Mice And Men" by John Steinbeck and "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. In this coursework I will be analysing the comparison and contradictions between the two novels "Of Mice And Men" by John Steinbeck and "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens. I will be concentrating on character depiction and setting. The background of both authors will be brightly highlighted to provide an insight into their ideas. Throughout my coursework, I will be constantly referring to each novel in order to provide a thorough analysis. Charles Dickens was a British born writer born in February 1812. His father had constant money problems and was in debt most of the time, due to this his father was put in prison his family had to go with him but Charles Dickens was arranged to live outside prison with relatives. Dickens came from a large family and had seven brothers and sisters. At first Dickens worked as a law clerk, after some time he became a court reporter and then went onto become a great novelist. John Steinbeck who was American was born on the twenty seventh February 1902 in California. Steinbeck was the third child of John Steinbeck (his father) and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. ...read more.

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For example when Steinbeck writes, "The Salinas River drops in close to the hill-side bank and runs deep and green." (Pg 18) Instead of simple descriptions Steinbeck uses powerful adjectives and makes the reader experience the full familiarity. On the whole the first chapter consists of a similar style of writing. Examples can be when he writes, "On one side of the river the golden foothills slopes curve up to the strong and rocky Gabilan mountains, but on the valley side the water is lined with trees - willows fresh and green with every spring," this statement goes in to a lot of detail and it was made to seem that Steinbeck was present at the scene he describes. But when we focus on "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens a great British writer, we acknowledge other methods of setting the scene. In the beginning of the novel "Great Expectations" the graveyard scene is set out very gloomy and this gives us a very good picture of what is happening and in some cases it seems as though we are present in person. Charles Dickens way of writing is different but also has many similarities to John Steinbeck's work. The similarities that I see are the ways both Authors bring into play countless amounts of adjectives making the story leap out at you. ...read more.

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For example, Lennie and George depend on each other and share things with each other in the same way Pip and Joe Gargery the blacksmith shared things with each other. I have also realised that the main characters depend on either one. For example, George is Lennie's nurturer meaning George looks after Lennie just like Joe Gargery looks out for Pip. This shows me that John Steinbeck and Charles Dickens write upon many themes in their novels and that you cannot classify there writing in a novel under one theme. To conclude with what I have written I will say that John Steinbeck and Charles Dickens were both great writers and that the amount of description given for their scenes was amazing. In my view I think the two men had major achievements in their life's and no one could describe it after just reading one of there novels. I think you would have to read there whole collection's to really benefit and enjoy their work. In future I will be reading more novels written by John Steinbeck and Charles Dickens and I know I will enjoy them as much as I enjoyed these novels. In the topic of humanisation the novels was very emotionally eye opening. Aqil Ghiavadvala 11P ...read more.

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