John Steinbeck

Topics: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck, Great Depression Pages: 2 (893 words) Published: October 23, 2014
Rabbits, war, & speech
By: Kira

John Steinbeck-- a famous man that made great additions to literature. Steinbeck wrote classics such as Of Mice and Men, Once There Was a War, and many others. All of his stories were quick to talk about human nature of some sort. In 1962 when he received the Nobel Prize, he openly expressed his opinion on what a writer should be making their readers feel. Mankind can either win or lose the battle internally as well as externally. Humans can conquer anything when fear is ruled out, even though from time to time many all get lonely needing something to remind them of their homes. Steinbeck’s ideas were that a writer should be able to show the reality of life; to show that life is a war for every single person. In every single story mentioned from Steinbeck, he has shown that the real war is internal. Internal of course being inside of us, he showed that fear and any sort of emotion can make something so much harder to decide the next step. For example, in OMAM the only person, who seemed to understand the internal stirring within George, was his good pal Slim. Who clearly said “You hadda, George. I swear you hadda” (107). Also, the understanding was very clear in the movie as well. As the men rode to look for Lennie, Slim looked at George and they both nodded at each other in a very knowing manner. George was trying to figure out how to protect Lennie while retaining the safety of the others around him. At the very end of the book George had to make a serious decision that would affect him for the rest of his life. The killing of Lennie was the decision since his actions had resulted in someone’s death; the death of his best friend. This of course was an internal conflict. George had to figure whether to end his friend’s life, or feel bad about it later to possibly stick around and see more people get hurt. Next on, excerpts from the book OTWAW showed more internal conflict, but not in the same manner. A...
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