Grapes Of Wrath Essay

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John Steinbeck and The Dust Bowl John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is a novel that deals with a broad spectrum of issues and human conditions. Steinbeck deals with topics such as intolerance, labor relations, greed, isolation, poverty, and the human spirit. Even though the original book was published in 1939, the novel is still widely read and in many schools is required reading for English classes. Steinbeck opened the eyes of America with his portrait of human suffering and the working conditions in parts of this country. John Steinbeck wrote from firsthand experience and from what he had witnessed happening in the United States. (3) John Steinbeck was born in Salinas, California on February 27, 1902. He had three sisters. John Steinbeck's father, John, was a county treasurer. His mother, Olive, was a teacher and Steinbeck acquired his love of books from her. Among his early favorites were Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Milton's Paradise Lost, and Le Morte d'Arthur. Steinbeck attended and graduated from the local high school and worked on farms and ranches in the area. John Steinbeck enrolled at Stanford University beginning in 1920 as well as periodically through 1925, but did not receive a degree. Steinbeck said he had always planned to be a writer. Several of his early writings, poems and short stories, were published in university publications. Steinbeck moved to New York but after working there a little while as a laborer and reporter, Steinbeck returned to California. Upon his return to California, Steinbeck took odd jobs while beginning his writing career. He was a hood-carrier, a painter, the caretaker of an estate, a surveyor, and a fruit-picker. He also worked for the Spreckels Sugar Company and got a view of labor and their problems that found a way of appearing in his novels. (2) All of these experiences of Steinbeck’s helped to

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