Essay Steinbeck's Red Chrysanthemums East of Eden's Grapes

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Every great writer creates powerful images and presents story lines that draw their readers deep into the pages of their books, however; any writer would be hard pressed to do so without incorporating their own feelings, trials and tribulations into the plots and John Steinbeck is no exception. Through his appreciation for adventure and willingness to indulge in it, Steinbeck found a myriad of fascinating people in addition to experiences that he was eager to share. Past various negative criticisms and frequent rejections of his work, he manages to provide relatable characters capable of deep connections to those who enter into the realms of his tales. John Steinbeck's early life experiences influenced his portrayals of women, his love of …show more content…
(Parini 25)" Another classmate divulged that the “visits to whorehouses…were just part of his story (Parini 25).” Indeed in “Of Mice and Men,” “East of Eden” and “Cannery Row” to name a few, the “whore” did become part of Steinbeck’s stories. For their part in providing him an escape from his introversion, Steinbeck utilizes brothel women in his works because he enjoys their presence and can easily integrating them. In addition to the women of San Francisco, Steinbeck's mothers dominance in his house provided another female characterization he often recreated in his stories. The biography John Steinbeck by Jay Parini notes "[Olive] was the more powerful of the two [and after his depression and self imposed isolation due to business failings] [she] assumed whatever control of the family John Ernst may formerly have had." To emphasize this, Parini provides testament from Steinbeck's sister who divulged "you never asked father if you could do something...you asked mother." The use of maternal figures is recurrent in Steinbeck's works. In "The Chrysanthemums", Steinbeck delivers Elisa; she nurtures a garden with all the heartiness a mother puts into raising children without any backing from her husband. Henry divides so little time to Elisa and her progeny that "[she starts] at the sound of his voice" when he [approaches] her.

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