The Greatness of John Steinbeck

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In his writing, John Steinbeck beautifully captured life in the United States during the 20th century. In 1929, the stock market crashed, sparking the Great Depression. The Great Depression was a worldwide economic depression that occurred in the 20th century. It had devastating effects on everyone, from the rich to the poor. After the Great Depression, Steinbeck published Of Mice and Men, a book about two men, George and the mentally unstable Lennie, and their dream of one day owning land. Steinbeck faced many challenges during this time period, yet always continued to write. The Pearl is another book that looks at challenging times and uses the protagonist, Kino’s, faith as a means to overcome them. He found inspiration for his writing from his faith, family and friendships. In two of Steinbeck’s most notable stories, Of Mice and Men and The Pearl, the author argues that friendship and faith have the ability to bring happiness out of difficult situations. If one can find a way to live with his or her faith and friendships intact, then he or she will have a better chance of achieving personal and professional success.
John Steinbeck Jr. was born in Salinas, California in 1902 and lived in a small rural town where he was one of four children. He graduated Salinas High School at seventeen years old. His mother, Olive Hamilton, was a schoolteacher who influenced his love of reading, while his…

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