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John Buttiglione
Mr. Bruno
English IV Period 08
November 17, 2014
Themes and Styles of John Steinbeck John Ernst Steinbeck, Jr. was born on February 26, 1902 in Salinas, California. He spent the majority of his childhood there and readers learn about his home city and childhood in his works. Steinbeck wrote novels, non-fiction books, short stories, poetry, and plays. Some of his most impactful and recognized works include: Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Pearl, The Moon is Down, East of Eden, In Dubious Battle, and Tortilla Flat. He was an investigative journalist who worked for the San Francisco News during his lifetime. He was a very controversial writer whose goal was to reform the current state of the United States. “His realist portraits of exploitative capitalism are fresh and light…” and helped open the eyes of numerous Americans in the 1930’s through the 1960’s. He would come to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1940 and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. He would later die on December 20, 1968 in New York City at the age of sixty-six (Simeone). Throughout Steinbeck’s numerous works, he uses countless different themes and techniques. Two of his most prominent themes were war and social distinction or acceptance. Within his theme of war, Steinbeck often addresses the subthemes of leadership and freedom. Throughout his theme of social distinction and acceptance, he often focuses on the religious, farmers, women, and blacks. Steinbeck…
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