John Steinbeck Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What is the nature of John Steinbeck’s medieval interest, especially in Tortilla Flat?

What is the basis of the friendship of George and Lennie in Of Mice and Men?

What distinguishes the social criticism of The Grapes of Wrath from Marxist-inspired social criticism of the 1930’s?

Are the Joads of The Grapes of Wrath typical migrant laborers?

What factors led critics to downgrade Steinbeck’s fiction after The Grapes of Wrath?

What conclusions about the United States does Steinbeck reach as a result of the journey described in Travels with Charley: In Search of America?