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The Gloomy Theme of Grapes of Wrath, a Novel by John Steinbeck
Effects of a Drought In the 1930’s, the Great Depression severely affected many people, especially those in the dustbowl, or the Great Plains. These effects are shown through the fictional Joad family in John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath. In the first chapter, an intercalary chapter, Steinbeck uses personification as well...
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The Motif of Tractors in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Tractors and their Drivers During the Great Depression, and especially in the dustbowl, farming was an especially difficult way to make a living and sustain a family. Often, families that fell victim and were hurt the most by the downturn of the economy would blame big corporations and direct their anger and the capitali...
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The Theme of Kindness in The Grapes of Wrath, a Novel by John Steinbeck
Assistance from the Poor When in trouble, a natural reaction is to seek help from the privileged, who have more resources, financial or material, to provide assistance. However, often they don’t truly understand how dire a situation is because of their background. Because of this, Ma Joad suggests in John Steinbeck’s nov...
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Discrimination in Of Mice and Men, a Novel by John Steinbeck
Infectious Discrimination Given a book set in the 1930s, a reader has to wonder if any of the conflicts and situations that the characters face are still relevant in today’s modern world. Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck, touches on many examples of discrimination that today would seem  somewhat quaint or antiqu...
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Debating the Censorship of Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Debating the Censorship of Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (Of Mice) has been challenged and banned in America since its 1937 publication date. Of Mice portrays who lack an effortless life, and displays how hardship can affect the advances that could possibly be made. Lennie, who deals with a mental incapa...
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The Concept of Solitude in Of Mice and Men, a Novel by John Steinbeck
Soledad The word “soledad” directly translates to “solitude” in the Spanish language. Soledad is also town in which Of Mice & Men takes place. The entire novel displays the idea of solitude. Along with the presence of loneliness in this story, John Steinbeck also ties in the idea of companionship through the everyday liv...
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Loneliness in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men Essay- Loneliness John Steinbeck’s novel, Of Mice and Men, portrays the struggles with loneliness that a multitude of people face, especially during the time period of the Great Depression. Set on a California ranch during the Great Depression, the novel depicts characters who are desolate and without...
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The Struggles of Labor Workers During the Dust Bowl in The Grapes of Wrath, a Novel by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck The Grapes of Wrath is a novel set in the time of the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. It tells a story of a family from Oklahoma who had lost their farm, as so many did during this time. The Dust Bowl, was caused by many factors including; drought, high winds, and unsustainable farming pra...
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The Use of Colors in the Classic Literature Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and The Scarlet Ibis by James Hurst
"The whole world, as we experience it visually, comes to us through
the mystic realm of color." These valuable words, once said by Hans
Hofmann, are an excellent explanation as to why authors apply colors to
their literature. The authors of the two classics, Of Mice and Men and The
Scarlet Ibis, both use color to create a s...
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Character Analysis of Curley in Of Mice and Men, a Book by John Steinbeck
Essay on Of mice and Men-Curley One of Curley's main features that very conscious about his size,'he wore high-heeled boots.As well as conveying his consciousness of his height, it also highlights a lot of what Curley is such as his arrogance, condescension which is also agree with the line,'his elbows were still bent ou...
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The Consequences of Lennie's Lack of Judgement in Of Mice and Men, a Novel by John Steinbeck
Throughout Of Mice and Men, Lennie’s lack of judgment repeatedly gets the best of him, perpetuating his ostracism from society. Lennie is branded as a misfortunate minority whose own actions cause his adversity; however, without the contempt from society, this pattern of eccentric action and public scorn would not exist. Wh...
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The Consequences of the Ignorance of People in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
“...ignorance is never better than knowledge.” It is better to have knowledge than to lack it. Not knowing something usually has negative effects. This is a valid statement because a lack of knowledge can have bad results. Ignorance can cause many problems. In Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses characterization and foresh...
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The Biblical Themes in the Character of Jim Casy in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Best-Casy Scenario The way I see it, hard times aren't only / about money, / or drought, / or dust. / Hard times are about losing spirit, / and hope, / and what happens when dreams dry up. --Karen Hesse’s Billie Jo “Out the Dust” For all humans, a time of hardship is very much like a journey; often, the only thin...
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How Loneliness and Isolation Affects Us in Of Mice and Men, a Novel by John Steinbeck
Loneliness and Isolation affects how we act, react and how we socially interact with others. Here I am inspecting two characters, Curley’s wife and Crooks, to go in depth on how their loneliness affects them in their lives. Steinbeck writes Of Mice and Men to convey the loneliness or isolation in life and how it affects us....
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The Relationship of the Predator and the Prey in Of Mice and Men, a Novel by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men Power vs. Powerlessness In the novella, Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck uses the natural human predatory instinct, the strong get stronger by making the weak feel weaker, to show the animalistic behavior of humans. Steinbeck uses various characters throughout the book to show this nature. He uses ch...
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Character Analysis of Elisa in The Chrysanthemums, a Story by John Steinbeck
In the story The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck, Steinbeck creates a character named Elisa Allen. Elisa was depicted as a pretty woman who sort of shaded herself in her garden, with the heavy clothes she wore and the thick leather gloves. Elisa took great pride and joy in her garden she was very diligent and passionate ab...
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The Traditional American Ideals in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and The grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
American Ideals in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Grapes of Wrath The United States of America can be commonly known as "The Land of Opportunity". Traditional American ideals emphasize people to strive for a better life and embrace the American dream: life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. The Grapes of Wra...
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The Changes in the Character of George in Of Mice and Men, a Book by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men In John Steinbeck’s story Of Mice and Men, one of the main characters, George, has feelings and thoughts that change throughout the book. The changes that George makes internally allow him to do things he never thought himself capable. Even though George had very little money, he had two things that were v...
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A Personal Connection with the Quotes of the Character Colonel Lanser in The Moon is Down, a Novel by John Steinbeck
The Moon Is Down The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck was a novel with many quotes I connected with. I was especially able to relate with one quote spoken by the character Colonel Lanser: "I, an individual man with certain memories, might agree with you, might even add that one of the tendencies of the military mind and pat...
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The Importance of Dreams in Of Mice and Men, a Book by John Steinbeck
The Importance of Dreams John Steinbeck’s novella, Of Mice and Men, follows the lives of two workers in the Great Depression. George, a hard-working, serious man, and Lennie, his pal of lesser intellect. One of the only things keeping them from giving up somedays is the thought of achieving the American dream. One of the m...
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The Effects of Choices on Fate in Cal's Journey in East of Eden, a Novel by John Steinbeck
Critic Roland Barthes once said: “Literature is the question minus the answer.” With the novel East of Eden by John Steinbeck, the author explores this quote throughout the novel with the question: “Can you choose between good and evil?” The answer to this can be identified during Cal’s journey through his choice to manipu...
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The Nature of Evil in The Scarlet Letter, a Novel by John Steinbeck
In the novel the Scarlet Letter there are many themes that, although old, are still relevant today. One of these themes is the nature of evil, and how the evil within one person can bring out the evil within others around them. A common cause of evil within a person is greed; this is seen in the Scarlet Letter with Chilli...
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Comparing the Similarity in the Themes and Characters of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and Robert Burns' To a Mouse
While John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men and Scottish poet Robert Burns’ “To a Mouse” both offer rodents in their titles, these works share much more than that; specifically, both the novel and poem contain similar themes. The characters of both the book and the poem are similar in certain ways. The characters in the poem and...
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The Illusion of the American Dream in Of Mice and Men, a Novel by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men Essay Every individual has a natural desire to succeed in life. As Rush Limbaugh once said, “The American dream has now morphed into an expectation. And if it isn’t provided, or if it doesn’t happen, then people feel cheated”. In the novel Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck addresses the facade and impossibilit...
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The Characters as Metaphors of Division in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Hidden Truth The characters in John Steinbeck’s Of  Mice and Men are metaphors for the division in that time period’s society. This compelling story follows two wanderers George and Lennie who are looking for work as laborers on a farm. This book starts off after the pair are fired from their last job and are about t...
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