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barcelonamessi | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 6, 2012 at 10:20 AM via web

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The views of an author about the world show up in their work. Respond to the statement with Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM (Answer #1)

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I think that much of Steinbeck's own views about the world are present in Of Mice and Men.  In this, I think that the statement is accurate.  Steinbeck spent time as a newspaper reporter covering the lives of migrant farm workers.  He absorbed their struggles and these become the centerpiece of his work.  In doing so, Steinbeck also expresses what he hopes to see from them, in terms of forming solidarity with one another as opposed to being fragmented and divergent from one another.  Steinbeck looks at Lennie and George as an example of the solidarity that migrant workers should form.  In his own experience in covering their struggles, Steinbeck understood that little is gained from living their world in isolation from one another.  It is in this where I think that his view of the world comes out in his writing.  Steinbeck believes that the stress on materialism has to be secondary to the bonds between individuals being upheld.  It is for this reason that he constructs Lennie and George as being bound to one another for more than materialism and constructs characters who are sad, despite being well off financially, if they are alone.  Steinbeck's belief in the human condition as one where unity with others is tantamount for survival is reflected in the narrative about two "bindle stiffs" named Lennie and George.  In doing so, Steinbeck has created a work that depicts what is in the hopes of what can be, another element to how his view of the world is present in his work.

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