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Throughout the text America and Americans and Selected NonfictionSteinbeck portrays himself as a passionately liberal member of societyand conveys such passion in the ongoing issues he discusses On page 90Steinbeck argues that The greatest and most permanent revolution weknew took place when all men finally discovered that they had individualsouls individually important And I place myself at the service ofthis revolutionary cause The minds of individual men must and will befree In this passage lies a revolutionary Steinbeck one who wouldfight for the freedom of man to exist as an independent entity and onenot subject to creative oppression and not subject to an arbitraryrequirement to succumb to a collectivized society In fact throughoutthe text many examples of Steinbeck addressing communism are presentedalthough his outlook on the subject seems to change depending on theeconomic situation that surrounds him For example on page 28 whilerecollecting his experiences during the Great Depression Steinbeckreflects I gave a lot of it money away because it seemed like toomuch to be in private hands I guess I wasnt cut out for acapitalist This viewpoint is seemingly a reflection of the timeperiod and of Steinbecks personal financial situation Perhaps hisoutlook on capitalism here is simply due to the fact that his situationduring the great depression was less than mediocre
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