Literary Comparison of of Mice and Men, the Pearl, and Cannery Row

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English II
2 May 2013
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John Steinbeck’s Literary Style John Steinbeck is an author who wrote in the early 1900s that makes use of setting, characterization, theme, irony, foreshadowing, and symbolism in his many novels. Steinbeck has modeled most of his work off of his own life. His home state, California, has been found to be the setting for some of his novels. Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, and The Pearl are all novels by John Steinbeck. These novels not only encompass rich sensory details of each setting, but also use characterization, theme, irony, and symbolism to their advantage.
Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, and The Pearl have similarities in setting, although one does not take place in the same area as the others.
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This draws parallel to Lennie who, at the end, accidently kills his boss’s son’s wife and is shot by George, showing that the main theme of this novel involves getting rid of the old and broken in order to achieve change.
In The Pearl, Kino and his family also face having to let go of something that was flawed. After Coyotito is shot and killed in an attempt to escape being punished for murder, Kino looks at the pearl and sees that it is ugly and gray, contrary to what he claims it was before the murder of Coyotito (Steinbeck 103). Kino has to examine the entire situation with the pearl at this point to realize that it has been only bringing him misfortune, and in order to achieve change, he has to get rid of it.
Another theme that spreads across all of these books by John Steinbeck is that sometimes, good intentions turn bad. In Cannery Row, Mack and his friends have the good intention of throwing a party for Doc, but along the way they encounter many struggles that result in the failure of the first party. In Of Mice and Men, Lennie has the intention to simply feel the softness of his boss’s wife’s hair, but he accidently kills her out of unintended aggression and fear. In The Pearl, Kino and his family plan to use the pearl for their son’s future, but Kino gets overwhelmed with greed and allows harm to come to his family.
This theme is also a source of irony in all three novels. Irony is when an

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