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JOHN STEINBECK OF MICE AND MEN BACKGROUND JOHN STEINBECK JOHN STEINBECK * BORN IN SALINAS, CA - (1902-1968) * FIRST THREE BOOKS WERE FINANCIAL FAILURES

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  • JOHN STEINBECKOF MICE AND MEN BACKGROUND

  • JOHN STEINBECK* BORN IN SALINAS, CA - (1902-1968)

    * FIRST THREE BOOKS WERE FINANCIAL FAILURES

    * MASTERPIECE = THE GRAPES OF WRATH ABOUT A FAMILY DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION WON A PULITZER PRIZE IN 1940.

    * ATTENDED STANFORD UNIVERSITY; LEFT WITHOUT A DEGREE.

    * LIVED IN MIGRANT CAMPS TO WORK AND ASSOCIATE WITH THE PEOPLE ABOUT WHOM HE WROTE.

    * STEINBECK WAS VERY SHY AND SHUNNED PUBLIC ATTENTION.

  • THEMES OF STEINBECKS WRITING* HIS STORIES ARE BASED ON FACT.

    * OFTEN SET IN CA AND FOCUS ON NATURE WITH DETAILED DESCRIPTIONS.

    * HE HUMANIZED THE WORKING CLASS OUTCAST OR LOSER.

    * ALLEGORICAL WRITING (USES OF SYMBOLS AND FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE).

    * HE WAS INTERESTED IN RAISING THE AWARENESS OF HOW PEOPLE LIVED

  • SHACK HOUSE IN CALIFORNIA DURING THE 30S

  • * TIME OF GREAT DESPAIRPEOPLE LOST THEIR JOBS, HOMES, SECURITY, AND THEIR HOPE.

    (a.) The Dust Bowl dust storms in the Great Plains caused many to move from their homes to California.

    (b.) Vast droughts and flooding.

    * ROOTLESSNESS AND POVERTY WERE WAYS OF LIFE.

    TIME SETTINGTHE GREAT DEPRESSION (1930s)

  • STYLE, GENRE, and THEME* GENREPLAY-NOVELLETE

    * WRITING STYLECONCISE, REALISTIC LANGUAGE

    *THEMES:A. FRIENDSHIP

    B. LONELINESS

    C. THE WORTH OF AN INDIVIDUALS LIFEDOES HUMAN LIFE HAVE A PURPOSE?

    D. DISILLUSIONMENT WITH THE AMERICAN DREAM

  • CHARACTERSGEORGE PHYSICALLY SMALL SMART LENNIES CARETAKERLENNIE PHYSICALLY BIG MENTALLY CHALLENGED DEPENDENT ON GEORGE