John Steinbeck Outline

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John Steinbeck Outline
I. John Steinbeck used his personal experiences as a laborer to write many of his novels like Of Mice and Men and The Grapes of Wrath.

II. John Steinbeck’s Life
A) Family
1. His dad served as the county treasurer.
2. His mom was a school teacher.
3. He was one four children and was the only boy.
B) Childhood and Adolescence
1.Born on February 27, 1902
2.Began telling stories as a child
3. Sent short stories to magazines under a false name
4. He was interested in biology, the study of human life
5. Large guy, advantage because he excelled in track and basketball
6. Wrote for the school paper
7. Was the president of his senior class
C) Young Adult Life
1. Worked his was through college at Stanford University but
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Wrote about America’s social problems and the poor.
*The Red Pony- about an impoverished family trying to find a better life
*Of Mice and Men- about the troubles of migrant farmers

IV. Of Mice and Men
A) About the Novel
1. Friendship between two migrant workers
2. Lenny is “simple minded” and a bit slow
3. George is his protector and guides him, he takes care of Lenny
B ) Quotes
1. “ Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. in the world. They got no family. They don’t belong no place.”
2. “ O.K. Someday - we’re gonna get the jack together and we’re gonna have a
Little house and a couple of acres an’ a cow and some pigs and----”
C ) Connection
1. John worked as a laborer during summer vacation as a teenager. He learned what obstacles they had to work through. He also experienced the hardships as a laborer. 2. John met many migrant workers that shared they’re experiences with him.
V. The Grapes of Wrath
A ) Summary
1. Illustrated the hardship and oppression suffered by migrant laborers during the Great Depression.
2. Its about a family who travels west to find work.
B ) Positive Impact on Society
1. “The Grapes of Wrath had an immediate and explosive effect on the public.”
2. Migrant laborers called him a hero for expressing the real conditions.
3. It was the biggest selling novel since Gone with the Wind
4.Was made into a movie just a year after it was
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