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The Half Brothers" is a short nineteenth century story, written by Elizabeth Gaskell, first published in 1858.

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Katherine Mason 10 TH S Southmoor 39555

"The Half Brothers"

By Elizabeth Gaskell.

"The Half Brothers" is a short nineteenth century story, written by Elizabeth Gaskell, first published in 1858. Elizabeth Gaskell was well known for her 'fondness' of deathbed scenes and long, delirious illnesess brought about by grief. The style of her stories contian a lot of over sentimentality, bordering on the melodramatic.

"The Half Brothers" is set in rural, Victorian Britain, written as a first person narrative, containing many Victorianisms, for example;

"He was barely one- and- twenty..." and the words,

"fain" and "bade".

"Of Mice and Men is a twentieth century novel, written by John Steinbeck in 1937, as a third person narrative. It is set on a ranch, in rural America. The language used contains many Americanisms such as,

"...jungle-up...," meaning to set up camp. Again, this story is sentimental.

The characters in both books come from a poor social background.

The narrator in "The Half Brothers" is autobiographically portraying his family background. He mentions his mother's first husband who died of consumption, three years after they were married. At

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