John Steinbeck's Contribution To The American Voice

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The American voice is what Americans use that helps contribute to worldly matters, not only monumental events, but even the trivial events that shape society. It is unique because it changes every day with new events happening and people adding more to the American voice. John Steinbeck was a big contributor to the American voice in the 30’s and 40’s during the Great Depression era. He grew up in a hardworking family with some financial adversity; his mother-a schoolteacher and his father moving from job to job trying to keep food on the table. Steinbeck’s occupations through his life include the following: a war correspondent during World War II, a caretaker for the elderly, and a writer. All his previous experiences ultimately helped his work because he could relate to people.
Born in 1902 and raised in California, John Steinbeck lived a normal life. “Steinbeck decided to become a writer at the age of 14, often locking himself in his bedroom to write poems and stories” (“John Steinbeck Biography” 1). From a young age all he had was charisma for writing and knew he wanted to pursue that. “Attending Stanford University, he took courses in English and
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His aptitude for writing was exemplified “while he was still alive and publishing, eligible for high honors and having an influential voice in world affairs” (French 1). We have learned from Steinbeck that literature can have a huge effect on society and can change people’s perspective on the issues in the world. He believed that his work could truly help people. In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize he states, “I hold that a writer who does not passionately believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature” (“John Steinbeck” 2). As can be seen he ingrained his mark on the American voice and left a legacy for future writers to

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