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

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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…show more content…
All set on a dangerous and shadow cloaked journey in search of an improved life in California. The theme, that all people essentially belong together and are a part of one another and of a greater whole, is what removes The Grapes of Wrath from the genre of timely fiction and makes it an allegory for all people in all circumstances and in any time. The real story of this novel is not the Joads’ search for economic security but their realization of cooperation, which transforms them from self-concern to a recognition of their bond with the whole human race. At first, Tom is intensely self centered, interested mainly in making his own way; Pa’s primary concern is keeping bread on table; Rose of Sharon dreams only of traditional middle-class success; and Ma, the group’s backbone of steel, concentrates fiercely upon keeping the family together. Towards the end of novel, Tom follows Jim Casy’s example in fighting for human rights; Pa and other workers from the camp dig a ditch to protect the community from an imminent flood, becomes aware of the necessity for all people to work together; Rose of Sharon forgets her grief over her stillborn child and unhesitatingly lifts a starving old man to breast feed him; and Ma can say “Use’ ta be the fambly was fust. It ain’t so now. It’s anybody. Worse off we get, the more we got to do.” (393) Thus the Joads have overcome the
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