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Student Name Course Date Personal Reality in Selected Works of John Steinbeck Introduction John Steinbeck committed a great deal of his literary genius to turning experience into art. As Demott (2008) informs, much of Steinbeck’s work was based on biographical experience, his own personal consciousness and experiences (p…

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54). An analysis of John Steinbeck’s experiences and biographical factors and his works, Tortilla Flat, Of Mice and Men and In Dubious Battle reflects the extent to which Steinbeck converts his own personal experiences, observations and consciousness in his work. I. Tortilla Flat Steinbeck wrote the short novel Tortilla Flat in the summer and fall of 1933 and it was published in 1935 (Railsback and Meyer 2006, p. 215). Steinbeck was described as non-teleological, influenced largely by his “orientation in cosmology” (Ariki, Li and Pugh 2008, p. 173). Steinbeck was influenced by biology, zoology, physics, philosophy and mythical studies and after writing and publishing Tortilla Flat, became a close friend of Ed Ricketts an animal ecologist engaged at Chicago University. Influenced by these disciplines, Steinbeck’s non-teleological thinking was geared toward conceptualizing what “is” rather than what should be (Arike, Li and Pugh 2008, p. 173). Benson (1990) informs that Steinbeck consistently reflected his non-teleological thinking throughout the 1930s-1950s and was particularly suing this thinking through his Mexican-American characterizations (p. 31). In this regard, Tortilla Flat is an exercise in “what is, rather than what should be” (Benson 1990, p. 32). ...
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