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The Ambassadors and Indian Summer are known novels which are written by different novelists Henry James and William Howells These novels share some characteristics that reflecting the reality and mirroring events which occurred outside The United State of America In this paper I will compare and contrast between the two novel by looking to the novel plot characters theme and narration technique Starting with The Ambassador James uniquely chooses third person limited narration technique He wants the reader to read the novel and look at the characters and the events through the main character eyes Lambert Strether as main character was a teller of this story He shows the reader his opinion about life that he lived before in Woollett and his life in Paris James used this technique in this novel for important purpose Because the novel mainly discusses about psychological change the third person limited method is the most suitable one that show the internal mind and hidden conflicts By using this method the reader can recognize how much Strether was nave in the beginning of the novel He was trying to save Chad from corruption and evilness in Paris The reader can see how Strether perceived other characters such as Waymarsh Chad and Mme de Vionnet Strether was a simple man who was looking simply to other characters In the end of the novel complicated life in Paris made him more mature and perceive others more clearly and wisely than before The other interesting side of this technique is providing just the scenes that Strether where in and excluding other scenes and dialogues which are not participated by the main character By doing this James makes us as readers just know what Strether knows and hear what he hears so we can step by step understand the reason behind his motives and notice his personal change In regard to the Indian Summer interestingly Howells is using the same technique which is third
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