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Questions about the works of John Steinbeck (1902 – 1968) or his life as a writer. Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962.

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What roles do the minor characters play in 'Of Mice and Men'? [closed]

The minor characters (characters except George and Lennie) highlight the themes of the story (the theme of barriers (freedom and confinement) and the theme of dreams) by creating tension and ...
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In 'East of Eden', which character referred to "the free, exploring mind of the individual human"?

I'm trying to find out who I can attribute a well-known quotation from John Steinbeck's East of Eden to, but I can't access a copy of the book, and my internet research only comes up with "John ...
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In Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, why are there repeated references to halters jingling in chapter 4?

While reading John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, I noticed a peculiar repetition in chapter 4, where there are three mentions of the noise made by the horse's tackle. It was Saturday night. Through ...
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What could be the meaning of "doctor-testing of little girls" by Steinbeck?

I was reading East of Eden by John Steinbeck, where I came across the sentence: A man’s mind vagued up a little, for how can you remember the feel of pleasure or pain or choking emotion? You can ...
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Where did Steinbeck write about the smoke stacks at Moss Landing?

I was at Elkhorn Slough today, and the captain of the boat I was on said that the "smoke stacks" (or whatever they are now called) were built in the 1950s or 1960s. But I recall John ...
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Meaning of some phrases in The Grapes of Wrath

I've started reading The Grapes of Wrath and I've run into some old-time phrases that I'm not sure of the meaning. I suppose these must date from the 1920s-1940s. My dogs was pooped out. From ...
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In the novel "Of Mice and Men", was Lenny Small a fundamentally good person?

It is easy to see Lenny as an innocent who had simple longings, an unfortunate due to his disability but fundamentally a sympathetic character; however, it seems to me that while most of his violence ...
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How is “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck still relevant to readers of today?

I guess isolation and social exclusion of different groups is something of relevance. e.g. Crooks: racism Curley's wife: misogyny Candy: ageism Lennie: ableism But I still can't think of any ...
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Is Steinbeck's "The Moon is Down" set in Norway?

I recently read The Moon is Down by John Steinbeck and I noticed that the conquerors and the conquered are not defined. Throughout the novel are several allusions that the conquerors are German. They ...
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Who is "Sylvia" in Steinbeck's "The Pastures of Heaven"?

This short passage is quoted from chapter II of J. Steinbeck's The Pastures of Heaven: George cared for his house and kept a flower garden in front of it. The upper story of the house had never ...
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Why does Steinbeck never name Curley's wife?

Curley's wife plays an important role in the novel and yet is never given a name. Perhaps Steinbeck was trying to not encourage the audience to develop a personal connection to her? I'd like to see ...
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Does Curley ever realize Lennie is cognitively disabled?

From the moment Curley sees Lennie, he develops a strong dislike towards him because Lennie is physically bigger than Curley. I've always wondered if there were other reasons for Curley's hatred of ...
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Are any of Kino's attackers directly linked to the one pearl buyer?

In The Pearl, chapter 4, when Kino is trying to sell his massive pearl in the village market, it's revealed that all the pearl buyers work for one man: It was supposed that the pearl buyers were ...
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Why did George have to kill this character?

In Of Mice and Men, I never understood why it was necessary for when George simply could've pulled some sort of diversionary tactic and falsely led the rest of the lynch mob somewhere else in the ...
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