Steinbeck's Insight Into Working-Class America Essay

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Running Head: STEINBECK’S INSIGHT INTO WORKING-CLASS AMERICA Steinbeck’s Insight Into Working-Class America Abstract In this research paper, I investigate how the works of John Steinbeck – in particular, Of Mice And Men and The Grapes Of Wrath – reflect the difficulty of the lives of working-class individuals in America during the early 20th century. Steinbeck’s Insight Into Working-Class America John Steinbeck is considered one of America’s most prominent writers; although he wrote during the early years of the 20th century, his work is still considered extremely valuable. Born and raised in California, Steinbeck witnessed the often-difficult migratory lives of those who have left everything behind in search for work opportunities. Also, he has seen through his observations the “darker side of human nature” which was reflected clearly in his writing (John Steinbeck. (2009, February 3). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia). In his two novels, Of Mice and Men and The Grapes Of Wrath, Steinbeck uses characterization, dialogue, and setting in order to portray the difficult lives of working-class individuals in America during the early 20th century. Steinbeck uses dialogue in order to portray the class and level of thinking of the characters. Since all the protagonists in both The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men use slang in their dialogue, it shows that they are common, simple, working-class individuals. Also, the content of their conversations is usually a bitter acceptance of the harsh reality of their lives. “'Guys like us, that work on ranches, are the loneliest guys in the world. They got no family. They don't belong no place . . . With us it ain't like that. We got a future. We got somebody to talk to that gives a damn about us. We don't have to sit in no bar room

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