Grapes of Wrath and of Mice and Men: Character Study

991 Words Oct 16th, 1999 4 Pages
Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men: Character Study

The American Novelist, John Steinbeck was a powerful writer of dramatic stories about good versus bad. His own views on writing were that not only should a writer make the story sound good but also the story written should teach a lesson. In fact, Steinbeck focused many of his novels, not on average literary themes rather he tended to relay messages about the many hard truths of life in The United States. Upon winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962 the
Swedish academy introduced him by saying "He had no mind to be an unoffending comforter and entertainer. Instead, the topics he chose were serious and denunciatory…" This serious focus was not exempt from his two works "The Grapes
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In "Of mice and Men" the boss and his son Curley are portrayed as the bad guys.

Note: This is only my introduction unfortunately due to some extenuating circumstances I have not had enough time to do a complete rough draft. My plan is to characterize the characters in light of Steinbeck 's bias portrayals and illustrate how the technique he used was effective in getting his point across.
My next four points or paragraphs will be: 1.) Description of Tom Joad how he was bad yet good in the sense that his actions were bad but his cause was for the better. 2.) Description of Ma and the preacher, how they were characterized out of their traditional roles and how their straying form the norm was justified and helped relay to the reader the desperation of the family 's situation. 3.) The roles of Lennie and George, how they were outcasts and
Lennie killed a women yet the reader felt sorry for them both because they were on the opposite side of a greater injustice. 4.) Portrait of the rich and powerful. How Steinbeck 's ignorance of not giving them names proved he did not like them. Every time they came up in the story they were doing something bad.
And my conclusion. Hopefully I will get a chance to see you today, I have third period prep so I will look for you and we could chat. Thanx.

Max Raffoul ENG OAC March 3, 1997 Mr.