I am supposed to write an argumentative essay where I argue that both Ethan Frome and My Antonia are good books and should stay in the curriculum. How can I argue my point? I need to show how both books are beneficial. What should I focus on?

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Ethan Frome is a novel by the American writer Edith Wharton, first published in 1911. The plot revolves around a man called Ethan Frome and his life. I think this novel is definitely worthwhile teaching, especially for stylistic reasons. It is written in a very unusual way, as the narrative perspective changes throughout the story. The first part of the novel is written from the perspective of a narrator using the first-person. The reason for this is to provide the reader with the background to the story, which is that the narrator has developed an interest in Ethan Frome and wants to find out more about him and his past. However, when the story switches back into Ethan’s past, the perspective of narration changes to a third-person narrative. Finally, once the storyline has moved back into the present, is written from the original narrator’s first-person perspective. This makes it stylistically an interesting book to teach and interpret.

My Ántonia is a novel written by a different female American author: Willa Cather, first published in 1918. With regard to this book, I would argue that its content makes it worth teaching. The novel is set at the end of the 19th century and depicts the life of the early pioneers in the West. Therefore, in addition to being an engaging story, it also has educational benefits with regard to history, as it allows students to get a better insight into the life of the early settlers in the West and the West itself.

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