The Short Reign of Pippin IV Author John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California, in 1902. The town is a few miles from the Pacific Coast and near the fertile Salinas Valley – an area that was to be the background of much of his fiction. He studied marine biology at Stanford University but left without
Mice and Men, Book and Movie Review
Mice and Men is a novella
written by Nobel
Prize-winnin­g author John
Steinbeck. Published in 1937, it tells the story of George Milton
and Lennie Small, two displaced migrant
ranch workers, who
move from place to place together in search of new
What impression do you get of the relationship between the two men in the first chapter of the book, and what gives you that impression?
first thing that struck me is that the relationship is no
regular/ordinar­y relationship. Lennie is not acting like a grown-up,
which gives George a huge
Grapes of Wrath Chapter 14 Essay
It was the stock market crash in 1929 that lead to the decade long so called Great Depression. John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath” describes the tragic effects that this economic crisis had on the daily lives of many American citizens.
His book focuses on a family who like many other Americans at the time were fleeing the Great Plains due to occurrences like the dustbowl and the great depression which had left them unemployed and seeking new work.
Shortly after the family in this book face the death of their Grandfather, one of many, but probably the most emotional hardships in the book, Steinbeck dedicates a short but impactful chapter to the purpose and meaning of the Great Depression.
The chapter is unlike the others as instead of being centered around the plot including the Joad family, it shifts its focus to the bigger picture and really helps the reader understand the big concept.
What truly set this chapter apart from the others and made it a poignant piece was the author’s use of literary devices.
While the whole chapter is consumed by them, devices like metaphors on page 175; “For a man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments” or personification on page 176; “ “The Western States nervous under the beginning change.” really set the reader’s mood.
Quotes like these grab our attention as we are forced to read between the lines. When Steinbeck writes that “ .the bombs plummet out of black planes on the marketplace, when prisoners are stuck like pigs, when crushed bodies drain (176) filthily in the dust” he is highlighting the problems facing the nation at this time. Metaphorically, the “bombs” which plummet onto the market place alludes to the stock market crash.
The prisoners are compared to pigs, perhaps because they in a prison like hogs in the slaughterhouse are just waiting for death itself. Even though Steinbeck uses many different forms of literary devices, it is obvious that his intent is to draw the reader in and .....[read full text]
Inspired, driven, motivated; these describe George and Lennie’s perspective on reaching their version of the American Dream.
Their vision to reach their goals was their destiny. It manifested their conversations as they worked out every detail. They worked out steps they would take to reach this goal. Be it making a clear financial plan or adding people to their dream, they did everything they could to give Lennie his rabbit.....