Friday, September 7, 2007
Of Dark Circles and John Steinbeck (1902-1968)
Steinbeck novels encompass striking social commentary that characterizes his most notable works. Steinbeck received even greater acclaim for the novella Of Mice and Men (1937), a tragic story about the strange, complex bond between two migrant laborers.The novel, begins beside the Salinas River near Soledad, California, where the two are walking on the beach.They had recently escaped from a farm near Weed where Lennie, a mentally deficient yet docile man, was wrongly accused of rape when he touched a woman to feel her soft dress. George is his physical opposite, a small man with defined features. George scolds Lennie for playing with a dead mouse and warns him not to speak when they arrive at their new place of employment.
George tells them that Lennie had stolen the gun and he shot Lennie when he got the gun back from him.
His crowning achievement, The Grapes of Wrath, won Steinbeck a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award.
Ultimately, East of Eden deals with the cycle of sin, guilt, redemption, and freedom.
Steinbeck's inspiration for the work can be found in the fourth chapter of Genesis, verses one through sixteen, which recounts the story of the biblical brothers Cain and Abel. The title is taken from Genesis 4:16.