Significanceof John Steinbeck in Literature
As an idealist and a thoughtful man, John Steinbeck changed people’sperceptions on economic, social, and political issues. Steinbeckbrought attention of the struggles of the middle and lower classpeople as well as sensationalized the quandary of poverty amongpeople in his writings such as “Mice and Men” and “TortillaFlats.” In fact, his writings remain dignified voices for thedowntrodden as well as a status to the conscience of the mainstream(Powers 13). For example, in “The Grapes of Wrath” he validatedthat the American Dream is a national mythology that is bothinimitable and dark. Steinbeck remain an important figure in both theAmerican and contemporary literature due to his writing creativity aswell as the propagation of humanity and its facets in the writings.Once can distinguish Steinbeck’s novels by their sociologicalcriticism and the broad-spectrum acquaintance of the humanity ratherthan their characters or plots, which give them an edge over othernovels. In fact, the focus on the cultures and lives of lower andmiddle class people allows readers to enjoy the novels and allow themto humanize all aspects of the human nature. The inclusion offriendship, hope, love, and honor in his powerful, gallant,compassionate, and inspiration novels makes Steinbeck a worth read.
Besides his themes and creative writing, Steinbeck’s writing styleremains remarkably unadulterated, sentimentally folksy, natural,playful, loose, and seemingly cynical. Powers asserts that in hisnovels, Steinbeck usually utilizes the naturalist style i.e. accurateexemplification of nature without romanticism of everyday life in theform of dramas in prose format, picaresque, fabular, and documentary(16). Writing in the mindset of the “Great Depression,” he usesthe working class or poor people and symbolizes their hardships andblessings of life without modernizing the tales. As seen in novelssuch as “Mice and Men,” he uses foreshadowing, characterization,dialect, diction, and dual omniscient narration grounded oncompassion and empathy for characters (Powers 16). Devoid ofreplications, his writings utilize adjectives to proffer richdescriptions of events to readers, which make Steinbeck a powerfulwriter worth of praise. In fact, it is hard to describe the influenceof Steinbeck in literature as he has offered load of masterpieces tothe community.
Powers, Martha. "" That Little Bastard": JohnSteinbeck, Woody Guthrie, and a Modern American Cultural Revolution."(2014). Print.