John Steinbeck relates his characters to real life people because people in the real world are powerless and they can’t do anything more than what they are doing to fix the problem. The reader should think to himself that not all people are the same and that some just need a little bit of help to succeed in society. Most people are not going to make the American dream, but some people can just have a little bit of
However, within the novel, Steinbeck denies his female character’s simplicities by creating multidimensional roles within their womanly archetypes. Each female is capable of being motherly or wicked while being her own individually developed character. Therefore, Steinbeck does indeed create his female characters, as flat rather than round characters. However, though they may remain underdeveloped, they may also remain as individuals separate from their
While referencing big business in the West he begins using first person towards the audience saying “you might yourself”, “you could know”, and “you might survive”. Steinbeck makes this move to make the audience apart of the story rather than just leaving them as readers. Though instead of using pathos to help the readers feel the suffering that the migrant families are feeling; he makes it so that the audience becomes the big businesses by addressing the readers in first person. By writing the last half of the chapter in this manner Steinbeck is showing the selfishness and cruelty that dwells within these businesses. By saying that “you might preserve yourself” Steinbeck makes the readers feel the selfishness of big business.
The lower class believe that their ardent work ethic has incited fear in the upper class and caused them to try to eradicate any possibility for the lower class to succeed by reducing their opportunities. By demonstrating the upper class’ perception of the lower class and the response of the lower class to those perceptions, Steinbeck captures the many emotions present during the Great
John Steinbeck used repetition in the killings caused by Lennie to show how he unintentionally did it. Lennie was busy trying to have George’s dreams come true, even if Lennie was destroying his own reality. Repetition was used to show how their american dream was constantly becoming harder and harder to reach and they never even noticed. By using repetition, John Steinbeck refers to how Lennie’s mass killings would help destroy their reality’s while chasing their
Steinbeck uses very mean and pessimistic diction to portray the humans as destroying and unhelpful. The author does that, by mentioning the outcome of the humans using the forest, unlike with the animals. The outcomes are generally negative, which leads to a bad representation of humans. For example Steinbeck states that the ground is “beaten hard by boys coming down from the ranches”. The author uses “beaten hard”
Through the two families in the beginning relying on each other, the long spiritual rambles of Casy, and the inefficiency of greed versus the efficiency of cooperation, Steinbeck shows how there is strength and safety in numbers. By incorporating this theme so seamlessly into the story of Great Depression migrants, Steinbeck’s social protest holds an emotional appeal: he’s effectively attacking the way society works and the greed and isolation produced by competitive capitalism. The Grapes of Wrath is calling for a regression back to simpler times where people put family first and felt compassion for one
The purpose of John Steinbeck’s passage is to demonstrate the decay of the inner city as the city expands and grows. Steinbeck illustrates his purpose through the use of various rhetorical devices. Steinbeck’s use of imagery helps him achieve his purpose. Throughout the passage, various descriptions of poverty-filled, dirty, and negative images help him show how the inner city is spiraling towards a much harsher, ill city as time goes on. Steinbeck displays his view of the inner city’s decay as he describes previous commercial properties: “...and small fringe businesses take the place of once flowering establishments.” By using the words “fringe” and “flowering,” the reader is easily able to visualize the negative trend of the inner city.
Using symbolism, dialogue, and plot arrangement, Steinbeck demonstrates that humans are often falsely hopeful, deluding themselves into believing they will eventually fulfill their desires. Steinbeck employs symbolism to show that humans are unrealistic with their dreams. Lennie has an obsession with petting small, furry animals, and when George notices this abnormality, Lennie defends himself, saying, “Uh-uh. Jus’ a dead mouse, George. I didn’t kill it.
Furthermore, Steinbeck helps us, by dehumanizing Crooks, living in a barn, to animals, to visualize how poorly Crooks is treated. To prove this, Crook says, “ ‘Cause I’m black.