When Creating His Short Stories/Novels, John Steinbeck

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When creating his short stories/novels, John Steinbeck focused on what it meant to be human. He included life experiences and really fed off of that in many of his writings. Steinbeck was able to experience many struggles in the 1900s such as the great depression and both world wars, all events of which were first hand experiences. Being born in the early 1900’s, Steinbeck revolved around themes relevant to the world and his era. His books/novels fall under these categories: disenfranchisement, integrity vs. corruption, and rebellion are only a few he explored because of his era. Through this he was able to pass the hardships of the early and mid 1900s to future generations using the themes of his books/novels. Steinbeck was able to see…show more content…
It’s obvious the Joads are blood related and so are the Wilsons, but Steinbeck steps away from that and shows how you can be related not through blood. It is someones commitment and loyalty that establishes that family bond is what Steinbeck is saying. However, the Joads on their journey to California meet the Wilsons and both decided to merge and were committed to one another’s survival throughout the hardships, “Joads and Wilsons crawled westward as a unit...” (Steinbeck 109). With those two families uniting there were 20 others uniting into one and lending a helping hand, “twenty families became one family, the children were the children of all. The loss of home became one loss, and the golden time in the West was one dream” (Steinbeck 131). This was the turning point in history. At the time families were struggling to find jobs and often times failed to make ends meet. With this happening, families failed to realize they were all experiencing similar problems and failed to offer a helping hand to one another. After realizing that many were going through the same struggle, that drew them closer and they were able to Nevarez 3. bond and lend each other a helping hand. Instead of being two, or three, or four separate families, they 'd all unite to one big family. The following significant theme is man’s inhumanity to man. This theme ties into the one previously spoken about. Steinbeck
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