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The American Novelist John Steinbeck was a powerful writer of dramatic storiesabout good versus bad His own views on writing were that not only shoulda writer make the story sound good but also the story written should teacha lesson In fact Steinbeck focused many of his novels not on average literarythemes rather he tended to relay messages about the many hard truths of lifein The United States Upon winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962 the Swedishacademy introduced him by saying He had no mind to be an unoffending comforterand entertainer Instead the topics he chose were serious anddenunciatory This serious focus was not exempt from his two worksThe Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men The Grapes of Wrath has beenrecognized by many as the greatest novel in American History and it remainsamong the archetypes of American culture Although Of Mice and Men maynot have received as much fanfare as the other it is still a great classicthat was recently made into a motion picture The focus of The Grapes of Wrath Is one family theJoads who has been kicked off their Oklahoma farm and forced to move toCalifornia to look for work The story has historical significance as itis true that many families were forced in the same way as the Joads toleave their homes to look for work during the depression It is in this factthat one can see how Steinbecks intention in The grapes of Wrathwas to depict the hardships people went through during an actual event inAmerican history Perhaps the most solemn message in this novel was the poortreatment of the dispossessed families as they reached California In OfMice and Men the reader is presented with a story that takes place in thesame setting of The Grapes of Wrath This story details the hardships oftwo traveling companions while they are working at a ranch in California The common thread between these two novels is not necessarilythe plot or the
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