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Ideas for Reports and Papers

(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

1. Examine The Pearl and The Red Pony as parables. How does Steinbeck use this literary technique to develop both novels? How do they reflect the writer's personal and political philosophy?

2. Examine the use of allegory, symbolism and fable in Steinbeck's works. Explain the use of these in his writing using The Pearl as an example.