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All human beings need basic biological elements in order to surviveHowever in order to thrive and reach their full potential people cravemany things All those desires can be simplified down into the hope forlove and guidance from all around them Tommy Wilhem from Seize the Dayby Saul Bellow and Ethan Frome from Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton aretwo characters who ascertain that there is a difference between livingand simply surviving Tommy Wilhem of Seize the Day showed that apersons character often depends on what exactly is surrounding himEthan Frome of Ethan Frome also exemplified how easy it is for apersons character to be altered by his immediate surroundings EthanFrome and Seize the Day ultimately show the way which individuals liveas well as all of society can be defined by their environments Seize the Day by Saul Bellow and Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton are twostories which are worlds apart yet manage to be strikingly similarBoth of these books are very simplistic Seize the Day and Ethan Fromeare centered entirely in one area Although Ethan Frome does go to thepost office and out on deliveries he never leaves StarkfieldMassachusetts Tommy Wilhelm too always remains in the vicinity of theHotel Gloriana Aside from spending all their time in very restrictedplaces Tommy and Ethan also have similar feelings towards where theyare located Tommy is depressed to be living in a hotel where all ormost of the other residents are retired He feels that he has no placeto escape to because he is estranged from his wife and he has no jobEthan is also extremely dejected because he feels that he cannot getaway from his farm His sick wife and wounded would-be mistress bothloom over him as if his poverty werent enough Ethans poor lifestylealso holds him back from leaving the place of his miserable existenceEven though they come from different walks of life Tommy and Ethan bothhave mistresses Tommy is attached to a woman from Roxbury because heis
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