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  • American Dream By John Steinbeck - 521 words
    American Dream By John Steinbeck The Dream of the American Dream John Steinbeck, in his essay America and Americans, uses many contradictions to explain his views on the American Dream. I have witnessed and experienced many of these contradictions in my life. Through my experiences, I have learned to believe that the American dream is no more than just a dream. One of the first contradictions Steinbeck uses that I have personally experienced is, We are alert, curious, hopeful, and we take more drugs designed to make us unaware than any other people. This quote almost perfectly describes one of my cousins. She at one time was very bright and intelligent. In fact, she had over a 4.0 grade poin ...
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  • Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck - 965 words
    Chrysanthemums By John Steinbeck John Steinbeck wrote The Chrysanthemums in 1938. Steinbeck, as in many of his novels and short stories, depicts the life of poor, hard working people. In The Chrysanthemums, Steinbeck writes about a farmers wife living in California. The couple lives on a farm, as many individuals did in that time. Steinbeck describes the physical and mental hardships of families living off the land. In the short story, The Chrysanthemums, Elisa is constantly with held from life because she is a woman. "On every side it (the valley) sat like a lid on the mountains and made of the great valley a closed pot." Under the lid was Salinas Valley, the home of Henry and Elisa Allen. ...
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  • East Of Eden John Steinbeck - 1,098 words
    East of Eden John Steinbeck East of Eden John Steinbeck Introduction John Steinbeck was born in Californias Salinas Valley in 1902. He grew up there, about 25 miles from the Pacific coast and this was the setting for many of his books. Steinbeck went to Stanford University in San Francisco in 1919 to study literature. He left, however, in 1925 without a degree. After college he moved to New York where he worked as a journalists. His works include Cup of Gold (1929), The Pastures of Heaven (1932), To God Unknown (1933), The Long Valley (1938), The Tortilla Flat (1935), Of Mice and Men (1937), The Grapes of Wrath (1939), and The Forgotten Village (1941). In East of Eden, Steinbeck revolves aro ...
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  • East Of Eden John Steinbeck - 1,087 words
    ... his forgiveness. Adam only mutters "Timshel." Plot The plot was excellent. Everything in the story ran out from the nature of the characters. Nothing was too derived but ran smoothly from even to event. For example, Cathy evil nature brought her to killing her parents, attempting to make Mr.. Edwards go mad, attempting to kill Adam, and killing Fay. Adams gullible/innocent nature made him fall in love with the evil Cathy, and kept him from telling the police that it was Cathy that tried to kill him. Arons innocent/holy nature sent him into shock when he found out that his own mother was a prostitute. There was a lot of conflict and tension, enough to keep me reading. The events are belie ...
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  • John Steinbeck - 1,168 words
    John Steinbeck A novelist is someone who writes novels, or writes a fancy work of fiction which often has a complicated plot, many major and minor characters, a significant theme, and several varied settings. A novelist will use literary devices such as characterization, tone, symbolism, imagery, and figurative language. John Steinbeck, an American novelist, uses many literary devices such as metaphors, similes, imagery, and figurative language along with excellent descriptive words to develop his characters and vividly describe their surroundings. His masterly of these and other techniques, in my opinion, is why John Steinbeck's novels, like The Grape's of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, have su ...
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  • John Steinbeck - 744 words
    John Steinbeck In the novel, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Catherine Ames is one of the main characters. She is introduced to the reader as a monster and as time goes on, she possesses both monster like and animal qualities. As Catherine she gets older and wiser, she gets more evil and displays her monster and animal like characteristics. She knows she is powerful and indestructible. She has manipulated and tricked many people her life causing them to go to the extreme... death. Catherine "Cathy" shows her evilness and her monster like behavior in many scenes throughout the book. Steinbeck illustrates Cathy as being a monster on pages 95 and 96. "I believe there are monsters born in the wo ...
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  • John Steinbeck - 847 words
    John Steinbeck John Steinbeck was born in February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California. Salinas was an agricultural valley in California. His father was the county treasurer and his mother was a schoolteacher. This is where his education began from a mother that encouraged him to read. The community was a comfortable environment for him to live in because of the encouragement of independence and initiative. His parents didnt want him to be a writer. They wanted him to have a true profession as a lawyer. His early interest in reading led him through school, with his main interest in science. At age 15 he decided to become a writer, influenced by an English teacher, and faintly remembered by schoo ...
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  • John Steinbeck - 1,118 words
    John Steinbeck John Steinbeck, a 20th century novelist, was the recipient of numerous awards including the Nobel Prize. Steinbeck, a conservative that valued the old America, could produce pages of beauty followed by pages of sheer trash writing using specific characteristics, which his work is characterized by. John Steinbecks work is characterized by symbolism and allegory, which can be seen in his novels The Pearl, The Grapes ofWrath, and his short story Flight. In his short story, "Flight," John Steinbeck uses many examples of symbolism, which is one way you can characterize John Steinbecks work. Symbolism can be a person, place, or thing used to portray something beyond itself. The most ...
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  • John Steinbeck Grapes Of Wrath: Purpose Of Intercalary Chapters - 532 words
    John Steinbeck - Grapes Of Wrath: Purpose Of Intercalary Chapters Purpose of Intercalary Chapters The purpose of the intercalary chapters is to give the reader a brief, non-specific idea of what the world was doing at this time. These chapters present the plight of the migrants in a general sense. The intercalary chapters act as support for the commentary chapters, and also to give historical information. I think Steinbeck wanted to tell the reader the general picture of the community in which the Joads were involved. The intercalary chapters set the tone in the reader's mind. For instance, in the first intercalary chapter (chapter 1), we find that the last rain droplets had come in early Ma ...
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  • John Steinbeck The Author And His Times - 1,237 words
    John Steinbeck - the Author and his Times He didn't know it at the time, but John Steinbeck started getting ready to write The Grapes of Wrath when he was a small boy in California. Much of what he saw and heard while growing up found its way into the novel. On weekends his father took John and his three sisters on long drives out into the broad and beautiful valleys south of Salinas, the town where John was born in 1902. John passed vast orchards, and endless fields green with lettuce and barley. He observed the workers and the run-down shacks in which they lived. And he saw, even before he was old enough to wear long pants, that the farmhands' lives differed from his own. Although the Stei ...
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  • Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck - 1,516 words
    Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck CONFLICT Protagonist: The protagonist of the story is George. He is the kind-hearted ranch hand who is concerned about his friend Lennie and watches out for him. Antagonist: The antagonist of the story is George's trying to care for the handicapped Lennie. Because he has a giant's body and a child's mind, Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife; at the same time he kills the dream of owning a farm that has kept George and Lennie positive about the future Climax: The climax occurs when Lennie accidentally kills Curley's wife. George knows that he can no longer save Lennie, for Curley will want revenge. Outcome: Of Mice and Men ends in tragedy. George feels co ...
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  • Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck - 1,569 words
    ... ime; emotionally, however, he is entirely bound to Lennie, as his protector and companion. Lennie also keeps George from feeling the isolation and loneliness that possess the other ranch hands. Because George cares for Lennie so deeply, he cannot allow him to die brutally at the hands of Curley and the angry ranch hands. After painting the picture of the farm in Lennie's mind one last time, he takes Carlson's pistol and mercifully shoots his friend, in a totally selfless act of kindness. It was a terribly difficult thing for George to do, and at the end of the book, Steinbeck paints him feeling lost and alone without his faithful companion and without a dream to keep him going. Lennie Le ...
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  • Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck 1902 1968 - 1,488 words
    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) Type of Work: Rustic, sentimental novel Setting Salinas Valley, California; 20th-century depression years Principal Characters Lennie Small, a clumsy, simple-minded giant of a man George Milton, Lennie's friend and protector Candy, a ranch swamper Slim, a farm hand Crooks, a Negro stable worker Curley, the ranch owner's virulent son Curley's wife Story Overveiw George and his ponderous friend Lennie followed a dusty path leading to the banks of the Salinas River, toting their only possessions - bedrolls and a few articles of clothing. Slow-minded Lennie had cost them their previous jobs; his innoc ...
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  • Pearl By John Steinbeck And Kino - 320 words
    Pearl By John Steinbeck And Kino The Pearl by John Steinbeck is the story of an intrepid man named Kino and the dilemma that he goes through when he finds a pearl. For the diver Kino, finding a magnificent pearl means the promise of a better life for his impoverished family. This dream blinds him with a greed and initiates the events leading to a terrible tragedy. Stieinbeck's theme for this book is to not let greed overtake you. Kino's family suffered much hardship before they found the pearl. All he ever wanted was to be rich and live the great life, watch his baby grow up and learn to read the books. "My son will read and open the books, and he will write and he will know the writing." Wh ...
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  • Style Of John Steinbeck Creative Story - 1,024 words
    Style Of John Steinbeck - Creative Story There was a beauty in the death of the cattle. A kind of frustrated satisfaction that is wrought from an uphill struggle finally over, despite ending the journey at the foot of the mountain. Gaunt bodies littered the fractured earth, creating a stillness in the air, a sense of a battle just over; a battle where each side had slaughtered all the warriors of the other. The shriveled mounds of stagnant meat were dissolving into the air, creating a rankness that completed the mood. Rib bones pointed defiantly at the sun, making a final stand against the cruelty of nature; shouting a silent message into the wind which carried the loud stench of all that is ...
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  • The Book That I Have Read That Has Really Stayed With Me Is Of Mice And Men By John Steinbeck I Really Enjoyed Reading It Whi - 413 words
    The book that I have read that has really stayed with me is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I really enjoyed reading it which is unusual because I usualy don't enjoy reading to much. There was something about George and Lennie's friendship that really made me think. Seeing how they were and how they shared life was really intresting. George didn't have to bother with Lennie, he could have abandoned him and gone on his own way. But he did not do that, he stayed with Lennie watching over him almost like a parent to a child. Even though Lennie always got Georege in trouble, George never stoped loving him and always stood by him. The friendship they shared went beyond what was transparent the ...
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  • The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck 1902 1968 - 1,778 words
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1902 - 1968) Type of Work: Social / political criticism Setting Oklahoma and California; 1930s Principal Characters Tod Joad, a recent parolee in his mid-twenties Ma and Pa Joad, a strong, middle-aged Oklahoma couple Noah Joad, their strange eldest son Al, their wild sixteen-year-old Rose of Sharon, eldest Joad daughter, married and pregnant Gramma and Grampa Joad, an earthy old couple Jim Casy, a preacher and, later, a labor agitator Other Joad children Story Overveiw As Tom Joad hitchhiked his way home after a four-year stay in prison for killing a man in a fight, he met up with Jim Casy, a former pr ...
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  • The Grapes Of Wrath, Written By John Steinbeck, Is A Story About A Familys Epic - 1,268 words
    The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck, is a story about a familys epic Struggles of survival during the time of the depression. Tom, the eldest son of the Joad Family, finds himself in a unique when he must leave his home and head out to California with his family. As Tom and his family headed West on their journey, he found himself as the leader of the family after his grandpa had died and his father was not thinking straight. Throughout the journey, Tom and his mother took care of the family and did the best they could to maintain order in the family. Tom was a good, reasonable person. Sure he had been locked in Prison for four years, but that was only because he got in a drunken ...
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  • The Novel Of Mice And Men, By John Steinbeck, Is About Two Men Who Are Brought Together And Share Few Good Times, Such As Eac - 937 words
    The novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, is about two men who are brought together and share few good times, such as each others company, and the more overwhelmingly the bad times. Both men fight the loneliness that was ramped during the Depression. The story begins in the foothills of Salinas, California, in the middle of the Great Depression. Here we meet two men, who are able to carry all of their possessions in a bindle, and are continually planning on how to get their own land and live off of the "fat a da land". George, the mentally stronger of the two, tells his companion Lennie, how life is going to be on this piece of land. Lennie is constantly asking George to repeat his becau ...
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  • The Pearl By John Steinbeck - 448 words
    The Pearl By John Steinbeck In The Pearl, by John Steinbeck, evil transforms certain humble citizens into envious savages. Evil was exhibited by the doctor who refused to treat Coyotito because his parents had no money. When the doctor heard of Kino and Juana's fortune in finding the pearl of the world (722), he boasted that they were patients of his while thinking of a better life for himself in Paris. Coyotito was healed when the doctor finally came to their straw hut. He deceived Kino by giving the baby a white powder that made him go into convulsions. An hour later he came and gave Coyotito the remedy and immediately wanted to know when he was getting paid. The evil in the pearl had reac ...
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