Tortilla Flat


by John Steinbeck
Henry James wrote that the novel is to be experienced--therefore the reader must completely understand what happens in it. You should appropriate comparisons, contrasts, draw analogies of what is in the novel and one's own experience. While the elements of fiction are important in isolated ways, relating the parts is most important. A novel should show, "a direct, personal impression of life." The form of the novel is so free, so liable to variation, so open to innovation, that an exact definition is not possible. Different things happen in novels; the situation changes. Each connection becomes the province of the plot. The position from where events in the plot are ...

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and events is most important in letting the reader know what is meant and how the writer wants the reader to feel about what is going on. Tone is the result of style [style recommends certain attitudes or conclusions following technical means of diction, syntax and imagery. Serious style employed to recount ridiculous events often helps establish a comic or satiric tone. Sometimes tone is achieved through contradiction. [Some types of tone are: forward, solemn, formal, informal, intimate, pompous, scholarly, angry, contemptuous, humorous, satirical, melancholy, prudish, flippant, cautious, sentimental etc.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE NOVEL?
1. Literature is a mirror reflecting life.
2. Literature can interpret life for us.
3. Literature can sustain and console us.
4. Literature is a source of moral guidance, and spiritual inspiration.
5. Literature is the probable successor of philosophy and religion (Matthew Arnold).
6. According to Aristotle and Horace - literature can foster ...

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MORALETHICAL TEACHING


THEMES:

1. [MORALS] Responsibility-subsistence
Stealing From Those Who Have Much
Sexual Encounters

2. [RELIGION] Temptations of This World
Religious Prejudices
Biblical Parallels/Adam and Pilon
Mysticism/The holy vision
Death and Afterlife/Bad Omens

3. [SOCIOLOGICAL] Poverty
Burning Houses/Futility
Comitatus/The Individual vs. The Community





4. [POLITICAL] Society Robs Paisanos of Liberty
and Self-Indulgence-Dangers of Capitalism [Pirate]
Greed and Possessiveness [Big Joe-nemesis]
Oppression of Latinos
Resistance to Capitalism

5. [ETHNIC] Celebrating Friendship
The Good Life
...

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