Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck.
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Yikes, this would take a good sized book to properly answer. In the case of "Of Mice and Men", certainly Steinbeck drives the factors that you mention primarily through character and setting. A killed author like Steinbeck is able to say so much with so little. It is a minimalist writing approach which makes Steinbeck's books so evocative about those points you mentioned above.
I agree with you Aslan