Of Mice and Men

Parker 7th Grade English Resource

Meet John Steinbeck

Video segment (2:45) John Steinbeck. Classroom Video On Demand. Films Media Group, 1995. Web.

About His Writing:

John Steinbeck's unhurried pacing and deceptively simple, straightforward style enhance his powerful tales of common people and their struggles as they pursue the American Dream. Steinbeck creates memorable characters, often lower-class and misfits, but his great affection and empathy pull readers into their plights, and expose society's faults so that they might be rectified. Steinbeck writes evocatively of the American landscape, especially the West, as he emphasized the close relationship between mankind and the environment. Start with: The Grapes of Wrath.


Genre: Literary fiction; Modern classics; Psychological fiction
Character: Authentic; Complex; Flawed; Sympathetic
Storyline: Character-driven
Pace: Leisurely paced
Tone: Bittersweet; Bleak; Haunting; Melancholy; Moody; Moving; Reflective; Thought-provoking
Writing Style: Descriptive; Lyrical; Spare; Witty

Brief Video About Mice & Men

Video Segment (1:03) John Steinbeck. Classroom Video On Demand. Films Media Group, 1995. Web.

An Overview of Steinbeck's Work

Video Segment (6:42) His writing falls into four categories: non-fiction, plays and film scripts, short stories, and novels.

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