John Steinbeck Essay

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“The Red Pony” by John Steinbeck – Critical Analysis
John Steinbeck an American writer was born in the year 1902 and died in the year 1968.During his time, Steinbeck was one of the most accomplished writers and his literary works received massive popularity. Most of his novels and short stories were performed as plays on stage and that is one reason why he was among the best sellers during his era. One of his great accomplishments for his involvement in literature was the Literature Nobel Prize he won in 1962. Steinbeck wrote a total of twenty seven books and some of his most common books include; “The grapes of Wrath” written in 1939, the 1952 “East of Eden, The 1937 short novel “Mice and ...view middle of the document...

This area where lived were mostly the settings of his stories. Some of his literary works however drew a lot of controversies. His political views of which he portrayed in the novel “the Grapes of Wrath” were a major source of controversy (Steinbeck, pg 45). Critics said that his political views on the book were misrepresentations of the country and also stated that the book had obscene content. His views were on Capitalism, sympathy for worker’s conditions as well as his political views that had negative portrayal of the country.
The story “The Red Pony” is about young immature boy who experiences the realities of life. The story brings out the emotional feelings to readers especially feelings of sorrow, futility, and rage. The book may appear to be a children’s story but it otherwise has an in-depth application and scope. The story revolves around a ten year old boy Jody Tiflin. From the book, the main character Tiflin is not a “polite” boy (Steinbeck, pg 45). One day Jody gets a big surprise. The big surprise is a Gift that the Father has presented to, him, A Red Pony. He names the Pony Galiban, a name he derives from the nearby mountain range referred by the same name. Jody’s attachment to Galiban grows as he treats the pony well. Jody trains Galiban a number of important lessons a he also learn, from the bridle to the saddle. Unfortunately, Galiban becomes sick and despite efforts to treat the pony, his health gets worse. Jody decides to sleep in the stable at night with his sick pony. Jody wakes up to find Galiban missing, he follows the trails of the pony, but he finds the pony dead and buzzards already feasting on it. Jody hits one of the buzzards with a stick and kills it. His father and Billy Buck arrive at that scene and pull him from the dead Buzzard. The father tells him that it’s not the buzzard that killed the Pony, Billy Buck stands up for Jody and tells him that even Jesus Christ is not happy about Galiban’s death. In this chapter, Jody loses trust in Billy buck his horseman and the love for his father because of the death of his pony Galiban. Billy told Jody that Galiban would be fine when it was rained on but it later died and that is why he lost trust in Billy Buck. However Billy is more of a father to Jody than his actual father. Unlike Billy Buck, the father gets embarrassed quickly at Jody and does not know how to behave around him. This is evident from this passage. “Carl Tiflin went out of the barn and walked up a side -hill to be by himself, for he was embarrassed, but Billy Bucks stayed. It was easier to talk to Billy Buck”. (Critical Analysis: “The Red Pony,” by John Steinbeck) From the chapter, we again learn that Jody cares so much about the Opinions of his father that he finds it so difficult to talk to his father (Steinbeck, pg 56). It is instead Billy Buck who takes him through lessons like horse riding. Billy Bucks is a gain seen to stand by Jody when Galiban dies.
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