The Exposition Of John Steinbeck Essay

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The story I admire the most is, "The Chrysanthemums". There are two different versions of "The Chrysanthemums" circulating. There is a difference, but the differences are not extensive enough to alter the basic relationship in the story. The short story I am going to discuss is in "The Long Valley." ( French 183, Parani 210-211) John Steinbeck uses central symbolism and makes his story visual and very detailed. He uses naturalism, and shows the physical nature of the characters. From the setting, to the paradoxical, the plot, tone, and structure, and then to the climax of the story, Steinbeck had me visually picturing the story, and their situation. In my paper, I include a biography, I compared and contrasted Jack Irons works and my own ideas from "The Chrysanthemums". I have also included a short interview with my father.

John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902, at 132 Central Avenue, Salinas, California, what is now the reception room of the Steinbeck house. John Steinbeck was of German and Irish ancestry, and came from a family of moderate means. Steinbeck's family consisted of his mother Olive Hamilton Steinbeck, teacher, (1867-1934), father, John Steinbeck, county treasure, (1863-1935), sisters, Elizabeth Steinbeck Ainsworth (1884-1992), Mary Steinbeck Dekker (1905-1965), Ester Steinbeck Rodgers (1892-1986). John Steinbeck attended Salinas High school in 1915-1919. He also attended classes at Stanford University, originally as an English major. John Steinbeck pursued a program of independent study and his attendance was sporadic. He left Stanford without taking a degree. During these years, Steinbeck dropped out for several months and was employed intermittently as a sales clerk, farm laborer, ranch hand, and factory worker in 1919-1925. ( Davis 176-177)

In November of 1925, Steinbeck traveled by freighter from Los Angeles to New York City and worked as a construction laborer and briefly, for the New York American. However, he was unsuccessful in getting any of his writings published and finally returned to California. In August of 1929, Steinbeck published his first novel, Cup of Gold, by Mc Bride (New York). On January 14, 1930, Steinbeck marries Carol Henning, and meets Edward F. Ricketts, marine biologist, philosopher, and long time friend. In the spring of 1942, Steinbeck divorces Carol Henning. In that fall, Steinbeck moves to New York with singer Gwyndolyn Conger. They married in 1943 and divorced in 1948. Then he met Elaine Anderson Scott and married in 1950. They lived in New York and had two sons, Thomas Steinbeck, (August 2, 1944), and John Steinbeck IV (June 12, 1946). John Steinbeck died in New York, at home, on December 20, 1968 of heart failure. Steinbeck was sixty-six years of age. He was buried at the Garden of Memories at 768 Abbott Street, in Salinas, and this was the burial site of John Steinbeck. On March 4, 1969, his ashes were moved and buried in the Hamilton Plot,...

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