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John Steinbeck

To reduce the complexity of John Steinbeck to social commentary would be a mistake. As previous answers have already mentioned, Steinbeck explored numerous themes on the human condition, including...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2015, 12:09 am (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

In his essay "Paradox and Dream," John Steinbeck makes a number of arguments, including the following: Americans tend to be "a restless, a dissatisfied, a searching people." Partly for this reason,...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2012, 4:22 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. was an American writer who lived from February 27, 1902 to December 20, 1968. He published 27 books: sixteen novels, six non-fiction books, and two short story collections....

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019, 5:06 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

The quotation should read: The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. This was written by a guy named Robert Burns in 1785, not John Steinbeck. It is from a poem I have attached below...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2010, 9:13 am (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck is considered to be an important and influential author for several reasons. He is widely recognized to this day for several of the novels that he wrote and the messages that these...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2018, 4:17 am (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

Steinbeck made many contributions to American literature. Having grown up in the American West, he was familiar with its landscape and its people. Many of his books, such as Of Mice and Men,...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2019, 1:27 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

In Article II, Steinbeck explains how much money the families need to live. The father is the primary worker, and by working full time and maximizing “every harvest without delay,” he can earn up...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018, 5:10 am (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

Steinbeck appears to be saying that with great power comes great responsibility. Modern man has arrogated to himself the power that was previously believed to reside only with God. Unfortunately,...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019, 7:05 am (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

In John Steinbeck's series of articles for The San Francisco News, "The Harvest Gypsies," there is a tone of detachment that is also evident in his fiction. This tone of detachment shows that...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2018, 1:02 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

Fat Carl is the unfriendly, gruff bar tender and owner of the Buffalo Bar. The men in the town frequent the bar as a place to drink whiskey and as a way to talk together and rest after a day of...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019, 8:44 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

When he left Stanford University in 1925 without completing a degree, Steinbeck decided to become a freelance writer, which meant that he would not be tied to a single employer but would write...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2017, 2:39 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

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...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2018, 3:24 pm (UTC)

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During the Great Depression, a drought struck the Great Plains region of the United States, further worsening already bad economic conditions that resulted in part from the stock market crash of...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016, 6:02 pm (UTC)

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In "The Harvest Gypsies: Article II," Steinbeck zooms in on three families living in a migrant worker camp. In the first article, he provided facts and figures about the number of migrant workers...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2018, 1:28 am (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck published his two most famous novellas with in a decade of each other, Of Mice and Men in 1937, and The Pearl in 1947. The two books share themes such as the struggle for survival...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2022, 2:36 pm (UTC)

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In The Harvest Gypsies, John Steinbeck evokes empathy primarily in two ways. He provides detail about the camps and the situations in which people live, which emphasizes the idea that the residents...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018, 6:07 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

No doubt influenced from his time as a war correspondent, Steinbeck's essay suggests that there is almost a physical condition that can be overwhelming for the soldier. Sleep is almost a...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012, 11:22 am (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

Jody's grandfather is the "leader of the people" in a very practical and concrete way. Years ago, when people were making their way westward across North America via wagon train, Jody's...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2017, 1:52 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

Like most writers, Steinbeck has used his past experience as inspiration for his work. He was born in Salinas in California, and most of his novels such as Of Mice and Men, Grapes of Wrath and East...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020, 3:08 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

To identify a writer’s style you have to look at what they focus on consistently, from story to story. Steinbeck likes to write about common folks trying to make their way in a world that is often...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2012, 8:16 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

Check out this site to learn the background of each of his works, including the historical context in which each was written and his personal preoccupations at that particular time:...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2008, 12:41 am (UTC)

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Literature has many functions. Depending on which of these functions we honor and revere most, we might argue that Steinbeck both does and does not seem deserving of the Nobel Prize for literature....

Latest answer posted July 10, 2013, 2:38 pm (UTC)

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I think that Steinbeck did a very admirable job in raising questions about capitalism and its presence in American Society. He understood that removing it and overthrowing it would be naive....

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010, 12:13 am (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

As a California native, John Steinbeck chose to set most of his books in his home state. He was born in the Central Coast town of Salinas and spent most of his childhood there. He attended college...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2020, 3:53 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck, the American author of such classics as "Of Mice and Men," was a native of Salinas, California. In 1957, the government of the city of Salinas was thinking about naming North...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2009, 2:00 am (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck had numerous experiences in his early life that had a clear impact on his career as an author. Steinbeck lived in a very rural town located in a highly fertile area of California and...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2016, 8:03 pm (UTC)

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Steinbeck, in quite a matter-of-fact way, describes the circumstances of three families in one typical migrant workers' camp in California. His presentation of the facts pertaining to their lives...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2018, 11:23 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

I would say that thematically both the book and the movie are about the importance of land. They both explore the relationship between a man and his land. Land is symbolic, especially in America....

Latest answer posted March 11, 2012, 1:32 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

In his authoritative biography, John Steinbeck, Writer, Jackson Benson suggests that Steinbeck was in a somewhat transitional period between the years 1930-1932 when he wrote Pastures of Heaven....

Latest answer posted July 27, 2018, 11:27 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

One Steinbeck work that does not explicitly include religion is Of Mice and Men. It is wholly focused on the here and now. In it, George, Lennie, and the other ranch hands are exploited by a system...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2018, 1:10 pm (UTC)

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Boats do seem to bear a great significance for John Steinbeck. For one thing, it was a small boat which afforded him the opportunity to catch food during the Great Depression. There were also many...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2016, 10:03 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck was the only son in a family of three sisters. He was the third child or John II and Olive Steinbeck. His sisters' names are: Elizabeth Steinbeck Ainsworth, Esther Steinbeck...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2009, 3:17 am (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

There are many comparisons you could make between the decade of the 1930s and present day. I think some good ones would be economics, as you've chosen, gender roles, such as how men and women were...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2009, 4:07 am (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

In his novels, Steinbeck is able to capture traits and backgrounds of his characters through their speech patterns and conversations. In The Grapes of Wrath, for example, he conveys the essential...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2022, 1:43 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

In Steinbeck's many novels, he lays out various attributes that are essential to the American character. The first is their willingness to hope and dream. In The Grapes of Wrath, the Joad family,...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2018, 10:43 pm (UTC)

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I would say that both thinkers articulate the condition of the dispossessed in American Society both within and outside of the confines of the Depression years. During this time frame, I think...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2010, 4:30 pm (UTC)

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John Steinbeck

The characters in both novels, those who are both poor and homeless yet not hopeless, were treated with great sympathy and respect by Steinbeck. These were his portrayals of those in American life...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2009, 2:00 pm (UTC)

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