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The Murder

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Title:The Murder
Steinbeck, John   
(16 of 31 for author by title)
Of Mice and Men
The Moon is Down
Published:   1934
Publisher:The North American Review
Tags:fiction, short story

Steinbeck is masterful in cloaking Jim Moore, murderer and wife abuser, as a knight protecting his home, his castle and his property. The mountains around his home are described as castles. He paints Jim as a victim, marrying the beautiful, foreign, Jelka. She cannot communicate with him, and so he must seek solace with the prostitutes of the Three Star. But then, the story shifts and we read a story about the social injustices of domestic abuse, and the lack of rights of women in society. Ironically, Steinbeck portrays Jim as an upright citizen. Jim is awed and admired in the community not before, but after committing adultery, killing a man, and beating his wife into submission. [Suggest a different description.]

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John Steinbeck (1902-1968) was one of the great American writers. He was known for writing books filled with social criticism such as Tortilla Flats and The Grapes of Wrath. He won the Nobel Prize in 1962 for his "realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." (nobelprize.org)

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