Sentiments on Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men (Chapter One):
In the first chapter, Steinbeck lays out three of the novel’s major subjects: loneliness, dreams, and inequality. Anybody notice any of them already?

Grapes of Wrath (Chapter Three):
This is one of the most famous chapters in the novel. The turtle is a symbol, a metaphor for the Okies and the Joad Family, and foreshadowing of the challenges they will face on the way to California. Anyone care to elaborate?

East of Eden (Chapters One through Five):
The Hamiltons and the Trasks are portrayed very differently. What do you think is responsible for their differences? What is Steinbeck trying to say here?

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