Comparison of Tone in Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) and The Atonement (Ian McEwan)
In Joseph Heller's "Catch-22" and Ian McEwan's "The Atonement," there are several common tones between both works, which add to the emotional weight of the books, and help to create a compelling story. While not the only tones within each piece, three of the common tones are: a sombre mood, an ominous foreboding, and detached horror. The ways these tones are established and maintained differ, due in part to the author's style, and the form of prose fiction that they are.
Ian McEwan's "The Atonement," a confession-styled book revolving around a young girl, Briony, whose false accusation…
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