To some extent, writers are the most powerful people in the world as they can use words to change people’s perceptions and ideas. Around the world, there are numerous writers who choose to convey their thoughts within their works, no matter fictions or poems. However, there are also some other representatives who prefer to be objective as a writer, and from my perspective, John Steinbeck should be one of them. Hence, I agree with the given quotation. In this essay, I will try to prove the quotation in three aspects. Firstly, I will discuss some characteristic of Of Mice and Men as well as John Steinbeck’s writing approach. Then, I will explore the fascinating and bewildering aspects of life in his fiction to demonstrate my statement. Finally, a conclusion will be given. During 1930s, the relationship between the suffered labors and the government is very tense as a type of remarkable social contradictions. Of Mice and Men, the book that Steinbeck wrote that period, is neither about the resistance of California’s newcomers nor their economic threat to the landed elite. (Shillinglaw, 1994) This book is about common people, their dreams, their ordinary life and their misfortune.
The story teller- John Steinbeck
To begin with, I will select some important elements in Of Mice and Men to support my argument which states John Steinbeck is not a demonstrator but a story-teller. The title of this fiction is the first thing I would like to point out. The original title of this literary work is called “Something That Happened” which can be regarded as non-judgmental. (Shillinglaw, 1994). Later on, he changed his title after reading a poem. However, the new title still stands in an objective way. Steinbeck’s stylistic techniques are realistic although the point of view is third person. (Millichap, 1978) In this book, each chapter is introduced in a detailed report of the setting and then the dialogue is recorded with no authorial judgments. This type of methodology actually increases both the complexity and ambiguity of this fiction. (Millichap, 1978)
Secondly, his writing approach also plays a decisive role in shaping his purposes. His approach which has been defined by himself is called non-teleological thinking or ‘is thinking’ which means accepting life on its own terms. (Shillinglaw,1994), and situations in the fiction should be described with no causes and effect, no problem and solution, no heroes and villians. (Hadella, 2002) As readers, we can see a lot of scenes on nature and landscapes in the story. Besides, throughout this fiction, Steinbeck provides us a pessimistic story in the forms of dialogues and descriptions. Throughout the dialogical structure of the text, Steinbeck maintains narrative tension without imposing moral judgments. (Hadella, 2002) For example, on page 68, “Lennie lost his smile. He advanced a step into the room, then remembered and backed to the door again.” Steinbeck did not give character any extra...