Analysis Of John Steinbeck 's ' The Grapes Of Wrath ' And ' Of Mice And Men '

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Justina Recchia
Mrs. Genthe
HAL-Period 8
10 March 2015 “What is life, what is death, and what do they mean?” The answers to this question are “Life is a process, death is part of life, neither life nor death means anything-they simply are; and the important things in life are love and beauty, which bring joy to the process of living. These answers are the philosophy of John Steinbeck ” (Benson 555). John Steinbeck was a major American writer who has written many books, which have come to be known as classic American stories. Examples of these classic stories are The Grapes of Wrath, The Red Pony, and Of Mice and Men. John Steinbeck is worthy of the praise he has received for his contributions to American literature because he added a new genre as well as a new narrative device, depicted the lives of the poor, and went to great lengths to produce his many books.
John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California to a farmer and a teacher. Because he was born there, Steinbeck felt comfortable setting his stories in California. He wrote many novels during the 1930s that describe the lives of agricultural laborers in the Salinas valley. Many of Steinbeck’s stories were about the Dust Bowl refugees and their struggle to withstand the hardships. An example of a story about Dust Bowl refugees is The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck 1).
Most of Steinbeck’s stories took place in the Salinas Valley and Monterey. When the stories took place in the Salinas Valley his characters were
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