By Barbara A. Heavilin
Celebrating the short lifetime of a tender pupil devoted to Steinbeck experiences, this assortment gathers essays from quite a few vantage issues together with aesthetic, feminist, moral, and comparative views. integrated during this quantity are works by way of acclaimed poets, in addition to insightful readings of a bit recognized early brief tale and an unsuccessful novel by way of Steinbeck.
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Second, they hold up the winged mirror of satire in order for society to see its faults and, it was hoped, correct them. Steinbeck’s “originality,” then, has deep roots in the eighteenth century and in Mr. Spectator, a writer whom he hoped to emulate. NOTES 1. The Dictionary of Symbolism is located on an online site originally constructed by Allison Protas at the University of Michigan. 2. See William H. ” Modern Philology, Vol. 79, No. 3, (Feb. 1982), 278. Locke’s philosophy, he finds, goes beyond the concept of the tabula rasa to include that “which the busy and boundless fancy of man has painted on it with an almost endless variety”: Books 2 and 3 of Locke’s Essay are, in fact, filled with eloquent paeans to the power of the mind to shape and elaborate its experience.
Winter—like Hamlet, the Bible, and Dante’s Inferno—is a work whose theme is for the ages. A contemporary audience would be wise to listen lest its final words prove true and another light goes out. NOTES 1. Michael Meyer states in “Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent (1961)” (in A New Study Guide to Steinbeck’s Major Works, edited by Tetsumaro Hayashi) that the critical tide has turned concerning Winter, with scholars now finding in this “interweaving of biblical, historical, and literary texts” a moral insight and “complexity” which was initially overlooked (268).
In addition to contemplating about how human beings think, Steinbeck spends much time on this journey considering whether or not he is learning anything—whether he is filling that blank space of his mind on this peripatetic journey, designed to rediscover his country and its people and to gain a feeling of what they are like. Parking Rocinante “well away from the road and from any traffic,” he discusses the matter with Charley: “I did not put aside my sloth for the sake of a few amusing anecdotes.