This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

United We Stand: Comparison Within Steinbeck's Literature

950 words - 4 pages

John Steinbeck, an established Californian author, wrote many novels about the situations of the common man in the state. In particular, he addressed the Depression era and the years shortly thereafter through two of his most famous novels, The Grapes of Wrath and Cannery Row. Both novels centered on people who were not well off socially or economically. Steinbeck used his novels to portray messages and gain sympathy for the causes he wrote about. Through capturing the essence of the typical lifestyle of the common man, Steinbeck is able to convey his belief that individuals can bond together to create a more powerful group.In The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck follows the Joad family from the beginning of the Dust Bowl era of the Midwest to their attempts at a new life in the orchards and fields of California. The Joads, faced with no other choice, head to California in order to seek a more profitable job. However, when they reach the Golden State along with other people in the same condition, they find difficult jobs that give little pay. The novel depicts the struggle between the farm workers and the owners as an epic struggle between good and evil in order to gain sympathy for the laborer's cause. Since the orchard owners were so set on keeping wages down to increase profits, they bribed the law onto their side to disrupt and destroy any attempt of laborers to organize into a union.Steinbeck displays the Depression era extremely realistically. He writes using the dialect of the time period, and portrays an accurate description of the sacrafices made by the refugees in order to show the reader what happened during this period. Still, The Grapes of Wrath is a piece of propaganda, designed to gain sympathy and support for the laborers. Since Steinbeck was in support of the people, one of the main issues that he believed in was that a labor union was necessary to unite the workers and provide basic secure rights, such as a minimum wage. He demonstrates that idea with Jim Casy, a central character. Steinbeck's writing was to spread a belief he upheld strongly, so he proved his points by using realism.In another novel focusing on the down and out people of California, Cannery Row focuses on the actions of citizens of a poor part of Monterey. The novel has no main message like The Grapes of Wrath. Instead, it serves to capture the essence of poor life, and display it to the world solely for the purpose of having the general public understand. The story of Cannery Row follows the adventures of Mack and the boys, a group of unemployed yet resourceful men who inhabit a converted shack on the edge of a vacant lot down on the Row. Also...

Find Another Essay On United We Stand: Comparison Within Steinbeck's Literature

John Steinbeck's classic novel "Of Mice and Men"

1203 words - 5 pages Who doesn't know of John Steinbeck's classic novel "Of Mice and Men"? Itis a novel that almost everyone educated in the United States has eitherread it or pretended to read it. But how many have seen the 1992 film "OfMice and Men"? The relative obscurity of 1992 screen version of thistimeless drama does not mean that it was poorly done. Just the contraryis true, it is one of the best film adaptations of a novel that I haveseen. The novel and the

Biblical Allusions and Imagery in Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath"

1669 words - 7 pages . Evans and Company, Inc., 1986), p 110-11.14 Hunter, 'Steinbeck's Wine of Affirmation.' p. 46.- 6 -Endnotes(cont)15 Maxwell Geismar. 'John Steinbeck: Of Wrath or Joy,' in Writers in Crisis: The American Novel, 1925-1940. (New York, NY: Hill and Wang, 1961), p. 265.16 Davis, Twentieth Century Interpretations of The Grapes ofWrath. p. 4.17 Hunter, 'Steinbeck's Wine of Affirmation.' p. 40.18 Warren French. John Steinbeck: Twayne's United States Authors Series. (New York, NY: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1961), p. 109-111.19 Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath. p. 328.20 French, John Steinbeck: Twayne's United States Authors Series. p. 108-109.

"The Great Awakening" by Kate Chopin: Reply to Margo Jefferson's question -"Was Cathy Steinbeck's negative self image?"

815 words - 3 pages the idea that Cathy is Steinbeck's negative self image. It just makes sense that Cathy is everything that most of us dare not to be, but at one point in time, wish we were. Everyone has that point in their life when things just don't seem to be able to go their way, and they wish that they could manipulate the people in their situations and make them feel sorry for themselves. Most of us go through this phase at an early childhood age, with

Tortilla flat

2196 words - 9 pages women? 16. What is the validity and the implications of the image you have of the _paisanos_ in how Steinbeck depicts them? 17. How does Steinbeck bring about compassion? 18. Is compassion based on a large and generous view of lifed and a distinct set of values? 19. Are Steinbeck's standards too narrow? Are there any biases? 20. What moral considerations are we bound by? 21. Is this plot less heroic than Troilus and Criseyde?, than "Beowulf

American Dream Short Essay

1250 words - 5 pages his naturalist writing, particularly for a novel named Of Mice and Men. Unlike the previous comparison, Steinbeck's portrayal of the American dream versus King's version of it contain a substantial amount of differences compared to similarities. Steinbeck's thoughts are reflected on the characters' actions and dialogue. His main characters, Lennie and George, mention their own American dream and is essentially what propels the story forward--in

History Recycled in the Works of T.C. Boyle

1716 words - 7 pages modified to fit modern immigration. Candido and America's battle for survival after immigrating to the United States repeats a similar event depicted in Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. Boyle's twisted short stories in the If the River was Whiskey mirror events in history in the light of modern times. The similarities between the Van Brunts and the Van Warts in The World's End contribute to identical generations, separated by three hundred years

John Steinbeck: Reflection In American Literature

1100 words - 4 pages while writing his first two novels. He married in 1930 and moved back to California with his wife. There, his father, a government official in Salinas County, gave the couple a house to live in while Steinbeck continued writing (Bowmen 167). Steinbeck won a Pulitzer Prize in 1939, the Nobel Prize in literature in 1962, and the United States Medal of Freedom in 1964 before he passed away in 1968 (Bowmen 169). Many aspects of Steinbeck's writing can

"Of Mice and Men's" literary merit

998 words - 4 pages The quote noted by Oscar Wilde, "The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame", demonstrates his belief on censors, who hold the power of removing classical literature from the high school curriculum. One such novel, Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, is a rather controversial novel and have been frequently criticized. A tragic story about the brutality of loneliness and the significance of dreams, the novel

Of Mice and Men

2728 words - 11 pages (2007): 19+. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 11 Jan. 2012. "Dreams into Nightmares." John Steinbeck's Fiction Revisited. Warren G. French. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1994. 69-74. Twayne's United States Authors Series 638. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 11 Jan. 2012. Hays, Peter L. "Steinbeck's Plays: from Realism to Abstraction." Studies in the Humanities 31.1 (2004): 92+. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 11 Jan. 2012. Leaf

The American Dream In John Steinbeck's novel "Of Mice and Men" and Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin in the Sun"

2472 words - 10 pages ranches alone. That ain't no good....They get wantin' to fight all the time." Steinbeck fills Of Mice and Men with struggling and bewildered heroes; common souls caught up in tragic combats as they innocently pursue the elusive promise of America. The novel's tragic and ironic ending exposes Steinbeck's concerns for equality and happiness of all members of the human family. These privileges are explicitly cited in the declaration of independence. "We

Critical Lens for "Romeo and Juliet" and "Of Mice and Men", Duff Brenna Quote

887 words - 4 pages Duff Brenna once said, "All literature shows us the power of emotion. It is emotion, not reason that motivates characters in literature." To me, this quote means that it is emotion that causes characters to make decisions, not reason. I agree with this quote because characters in literature do what they feel is right at the time, not what they feel is logically right. In William Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet and John Steinbeck's novella

Similar Essays

America The Beautiful, United We Stand, Divided We Fall

979 words - 4 pages feathers get ruffled. Unfortunately, as America continues to come apart at the seams will become even more divided. America the beautiful, united we stand, divided we fall. Works Cited Gerritson, Becky. "'I'm a Born-free American Woman' My Government Has Forgotten Its Place." Fox News. FOX News Network, 06 June 2013. Web. 25 May 2014. Becky Gerritson testified before Congress about the IRS allegedly targeting her organization. House Ways

Citizens United V. Fec: United We Stand, Corporations And All

1095 words - 5 pages Introduction In January of 2010, the United States Supreme Court, in the spirit of free speech absolutism, issued its landmark Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision, marking a radical shift in campaign finance law. This ruling—or what some rightfully deem a display of judicial activism on the part of the Roberts Court and what President Obama warned would “open the floodgates for special interests—including foreign

Of Mice And Men Essay

1302 words - 5 pages Who doesn't know of John Steinbeck's classic novel 'Of Mice and Men'? It is a novel that almost everyone educated in the United States has either read it or pretended to read it. But how many have seen the 1992 film 'Of Mice and Men'? The relative obscurity of 1992 screen version of this timeless drama does not mean that it was poorly done. Just the contrary is true, it is one of the best film adaptations of a novel that I have seen. The novel

Comparing The Book And Movie Version Of The Grapes Of Wrath

2088 words - 8 pages the final gesture of universal love. The audience leaves this movie moved and comforted, but not, as Steinbeck must have wished, provoked.   The sense of impending change, enormous change, which swells toward the end of Steinbeck's novel, simply can not be found in the film. Comparison of  Ma Joad's ' We're the people' speech in the novel and in the film Ma's speech in the novel   ' Man , he lives in jerks - baby born an