A8: Literary Criticism
Steinbeck is recognized as one of the America’s best short-story writers. Steinbeck wrote 32 books throughout his life. He is so famous and well-known they made a Museum after him, The National Steinbeck Center. He also won many awards from his works. Including, the Commonwealth of California Gold Medal for Tortilla Flats in 1935. This novel was his first widely known novel. In 1938 the book Of Mice and Men, was awarded the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for the tale of two farm workers seeking land of their own. Also, Steinbeck’s novels can be classified as social novels dealing with economic problems. Such as his book Grapes of Wrath, this book earned him the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1940. Steinbeck is noted for his sharp, forceful idiom, wry humor, and profound compassion for the poor, the inarticulate, and the politically oppressed. Another award that he earned was The Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Overall, Steinbeck has great novels and keeps the reader interested with the strong plots and complex characters.
One book that I read from John Steinbeck that was just recently was Of Mice and Men. The story was these two guys trying to succeed the American Dream. Their dream was to own land/farm. This shows symbolism in that the dream farm of George and Lennie could represent the American Dream and at the time this dream was disillusioned with the idea of the Great Depression and how many could not in fact achieve their dream. The reader knew that something would prevent the two men from obtaining their dream. Symbolism is a Literary Device that John uses in most of his books. Also to find Steinbeck in his book is how close the setting is from his real house. The book’s setting was South of Soledad, California. Soledad is 30 miles away from Steinbeck’s home place, Salinas, California. Steinbeck also uses foreshadowing throughout the story. An...