The Life and Writings of John Steinbeck Essay

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“It is true that we are weak and sick and ugly and quarrelsome but if that is all we ever were, we would millenniums ago have disappeared from the face of the earth.” John Steinbeck said this of all humankind. He thought highly of us as a species, just as Dr. Stockmann did in Henrik Ibsen’s play Enemy of the People. Both men had problems in their societies, Stockmann in his town and Steinbeck in America, and both believed that humans were capable of seeing the problem and fixing it. The rest of the population did not see this as the case. They believed he was an enemy of the people and a threat to their way of life. Because of how Steinbeck expressed his views, people felt threatened by what he wrote and they called him a threat to …show more content…
With a shortage of funds, items that were once considered non-usable found a use. Old and unwanted fabric shreds became new incorporated things in quilts and clothes all over the place. (The Postwar Economy:1945-1960) A trip to the toy store was now reserved for the wealthy children, who were still limited because of the times (US History, Country Studies). The depression was a major effect on both the people in Steinbeck’s books and people in America.
In this time of depression, the looks of a new type of government looked golden to some people. A select few people saw the downfall of the economy to the fault of capitalism. They believed the system of communism to be the solution of all the mess made. The people wrote and gained popularity among some individuals and it started to be come a bit more menacing to the way of life, as seen by other people (Shannon). Many people fought this idea and did not want a new government system (Anti-Communist Crusade and the rise of McCarthyism). Americans saw Steinbeck to be a supporter of the idea of communism and perceived the application of it in his books. They did not like to see such a subject in anything they sought to read
The political situation of the time was complicated. The leaving president, Herbert Hoover, was not a crowd favorite. Many blamed him for the crash of the market and the development of all the ‘Hoovervilles’ around the country. Then in came the new president,
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