Thesis - Open Access
Master of Science (MS)
Department / School
The purpose of this essay is to trace the development of the concept of mysticism from selected early works of John Steinbeck to its culmination in the novel the Grapes of Wrath. The works to be discussed are the following: The Features of Heaven, To a God Unknown, In Dubious Battle, Of Mice and Men, The Red Pony, The Grapes of Wrath, and Sea of Cortez. Such a study requires, a basic, historical knowledge in two other areas. The first involves a familiarity with Oriental specifically Hindu, mystical beliefs; the second, the early backgrounds of mysticism in American literature as expressed in the transcendentalist movement. Finally, since it is generally agreed that application in a classroom situation lends a practical value to a work of this sort, the material gathered will be used in the teaching of the novel the Grapes of Wrath to two sections of freshman English, and the results of this endeavor will constitute the final goal of this project.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968 -- Criticism and interpretation
Includes bibliographical references
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Kakonis, Tom E., "Mysticism in Selected Early Novels of John Steinbeck" (1958). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2513.