A Beginning, Middle And End By John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck’s

1. The author says the decade had "a beginning, middle and end." His essay also has this structure. Briefly describe these three sections in Steinbeck's essay.

In the beginning of the story the author seems to describe the way of life for a lower class person. He describes the way of life that he lived to say it wasn’t much different from those who were in a higher class then he. They suffered more with the transition that happened during the Depression.

The middle of the story the author talks about the ease for him to find the essentials to survive the Depression. He also talks about how it affected the publishing of his books, the job-less community, and the way the new and old members of the lower class took care of each other.

In the end author describes the lifting of the Depression. How he got his books to finally be published and selling. He tells what he did with the profits from his writings. He had money but still seemed humble. He had friends in low and high places no matter the amount of money he had. He described a Stock Market environment after the Depression.

2. What is Steinbeck's attitude towards those who "had it made" at the beginning of the decade? Quote the words or phrases that lead you to this conclusion.
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At the beginning of the decade he did not really like the people who made it because they were probably greedy.

“I saw it sharply because I was on the outside, writing books no one would buy. I didn't have even the margin to start my fortune. I saw the wild spending, the champagne and caviar through windows, smelled the heady perfumes on fur-draped ladies when they came warm and shining out of the theaters.”

3. Steinbeck's use of sensory details provides a vivid description of life during that period. Choose two phrases containing sensory details and discuss why these effectively convey the author's image.

“I saw the wild spending, the champagne and caviar through windows, smelled the heady perfumes on fur-draped ladies when they came warm and shining out of the theaters.” He describes this scene in a very descriptive way with the words like: fur-draped ladies, warm and shining, and heady perfumes.

“You have to have money to be sick--or did then. And dentistry was also out of the question, with the result that my teeth went badly to pieces. Without dough you couldn't have a tooth filled.” In this the author describes the feel of unable to take care of personal health by using words like: “teeth went badly to pieces,” and “dentistry was out of the

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