In the first paragraph of his essay, Steinbeck writes,
We work too hard, and many die under the strain; and then to make up for that we play with a violence as suicidal . . .
This generality is true of Americans, as we work far more than many Europeans do. Our work weeks are longer than those in many other industrialized nations, and we do not always even take the personal/vacation days that are allotted to us. As a result, stress is rampant in the United States, and we suffer from the result of chronic stress. We often eat too much or unhealthily; we don't spend enough time sleeping or exercising. Because of these tendencies, obesity and heart-related illnesses are widespread in the United States. However, when we decide to relax, we often do so with abandon and even violence, delighting in participating in or watching sports like car racing or football. We are not sedate or quiet people as a nation.
In Steinbeck's essay, "Paradox and Dream," one of the main generalities is the American...
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