Life Of John Steinbeck

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Life Of John Steinbeck John Steinbeck was a writer who used naturalism in his works to to bring awareness about problems in society that he dealt with in his own life. He frequently dealt with the economic and social problems of migrant workers in California and how they dealt with everyday life. He wrote through his fiction about what he knew and what affected him personally. Specifically, he wrote a novella entitled, Of Mice and Men, about two California migrant workers, George Milton and Lennie Small, who are trying desperately to earn enough money to buy a couple of acres of their own so that they won’t have to keep running from there problems all the time. Naturalism was a literary movement throughout the U.S. and Europe in the late 19th century to the early 20th century. Naturalism writers had a strong belief in the natural sciences, and used the ideas of Darwin’s theory of evolution to show how humans are animals that are changed by external factors, forced to adapt to the conditions surrounding them (GRO 1). Naturalists often looked at the other side of life, such as promiscuity, alcoholism, drug use and so on. They saw human beings as creatures who are controlled by influences beyond their control and therefore, being denied free will and moral choice. This often made gave them the reputation of being pessimistic, for there stories were far from fantasy and the “high life” (GRO 1). Steinbeck grew up in Salinas, California, where he was born on Feb. 27, 1902. Salinas was a quiet agricultural center close to the Monterey Peninsula, Carmel and King City. During high school he worked on nearby farms and ranches. When he graduated from Salinas High School in 1919, he went on to Stanford University where he studied intermittently there, never receiving a degree. While at Stanford he submitted many manuscripts to
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