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Young Jae Yoo Professor Harper English II 8/09/2011 John Steinbeck A novelist is someone who writes novels, or writes a fancy work of fiction, which often has a complicated plot, many major and minor characters, a significant theme, and several varied settings. A novelist will use literary devices such as characterization, tone, symbolism, imagery, and figurative language. John Steinbeck, an American novelist, uses many literary devices such as metaphors, similes, imagery, and figurative language along with excellent descriptive words to develop his characters and vividly describe their surroundings. His masterly of these and other techniques, in my opinion, is why John Steinbeck’s novels, like “The Grape’s of Wrath,” “Of Mice and Men,” and “East of Eden,” have survived the test of time. John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas California, shortly after the end of the Civil War. His mother was a schoolteacher in the public school system in Salinas. Steinbeck grew up in the fertile California where he found the materials for most of his novels, and short stories. Steinbeck
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demonstrated a great imagination, which was kindled by writing at a very early age partly due to his mother, the schoolteacher, whom people read to him at a very early at the many great works of literature. Steinbeck had improved writing skill greatly during the Great Depression of the nineteen thirties. Steinbeck knew many people who were considered to be the cross section of society, and shared many of the problems of the times with them. His father like many men, helped is family through the depression with a small house and twenty-five dollars a week. Throughout the depression era Steinbeck wrote of people struggling to make ends meet around the California, Mexico region. One of Steinbeck works, Tortilla Flat, marked a turning point in Steinbeck’s literary career. The collection of stories brought Steinbeck the California Commonwealth Club’s Gold Medal for best novel by a California author. Steinbeck continued to writing, relying upon extensive research and his
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