English 3 Honors
1 February 2013
Literary Analysis: John Steinbeck’s “The Turtle”
The Roaring 20’s, a pleasant time filled with new ideas and new trends, but not all was pleasant at this time. In this era the Great Depression happened and the American people were hopeless. At the time of the looming depression America was a bustling country with a good economy and an extremely innovative society. People were changing old customs, and breaking rules without a care. All of these awesome and new things blinded the society to the real horror of their banks. They had no way to regulate them and when the banks ran out of money they shut down and innocent people lost everything in a day. This infamous day was October 28th 1929, The Great Stock Market Crash! As the people of the United States were becoming poor, hungry, and homeless they needed something, or someone to look up to for hope. That’s were a very descriptive writer named John Steinbeck comes into this mix. He wrote a story called the Great Gatsby and it was about the hard times of the Depression. In Chapter 3 of the book Steinbeck made a short story about a Turtle. “A Turtle?” you might ask How does a turtle relate to the Great Depression? In the short story the turtle Steinbeck conveys a desert setting that is bleak and desolate, but this turtle faces many obstacles and never gives up: That’s a symbol for the people of America and how we got out of the depression. This story is about a land turtle that is determined to cross a 2 way traffic road. This isn’t a great feat of skill to a human, but to a turtle, this can be very overwhelming. In the first paragraph of the story it states “And over the grass at the roadside a land turtle crawled, turning aside for nothing”. This quote says “turning aside for nothing”, and it means that whatever this little turtle encountered or saw would not faze him, or distract him from accomplishing his goal. The turtle’s attitude at this point...