Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' Of Mice And Men '

2778 Words Oct 16th, 2014 12 Pages
Andy Cisneros
Mr. Thomas
AP Literature
15 October 2014
Author Study: John Steinbeck
John Steinbeck, born in February 27, 1902, worked as a manual labor worker before achieving his success as a well renowned American writer. A compassionate understanding of the world 's disinherited was to be Steinbeck 's hallmark. The novel In Dubious Battle (1936) defends striking migrant agricultural workers in the California fields. In the novel Of Mice and Men(1937; later made into a play), Steinbeck again utilizes the hardships of migrant workers, but this time in terms of human worth and integrity. With the country struggling to recover the collapse of the economy and a second world war, the people of the United States needed to know that they were not alone in the struggle for a better life and future. Steinbeck almost always incorporates a sense of community in his novels with the intent to create a situation needing for a community to co-operate with one another to overcome obstacles and to make the struggle of everyday life bearable. In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck creates a family with strengths and weaknesses. As critic Walker-Bickett writes “Ultimately, it is kindness, the family’s greatest strength” which proves to be the Joads’ salvation . The Joads are an Oklahoman family who have lost everything; their land, their possessions, and their home during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl . However, the Joads we able to hold onto their sense of family. The family consisted…
Open Document