the writer is delegated to declare and to celebrate man’s proven capacity for greatness of heart and spirit—for gallantry in defeat, for courage, compassion and love. In the endless war against weakness and despair, these are the bright rally flags of hope and of emulation. I hold that a writer who does not believe in the perfectibility of man has no dedication nor any membership in literature.
—Steinbeck Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech
Even if in today’s information age where everyone can be an internet writer words still hold weight with the individual’s spirit. John Steinbeck, a Nobel-prize recipient and author of noted works such as Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden, Of Mice and Men and countless more stories grew up in Salinas, California which is in Monterey County about an hour and half drive from San Francisco.
Of Mice and Men is often a literary requirement in U.S. American high school English courses amongst other greats. However, modern days are certainly worlds apart from the historical dramas of U.S. history and past authors. Although future generations may be required to read literary works of our current internet era marked with obscene word abbreviations undoubtedly mocking language as an absurd form of communication. Nevertheless, it is a sufficient exercise to incorporate the benefits of television into the classroom as a form of sustenance for the teenage reader.
Once the material has been read, absorbed, discussed, analyzed and questioned the film will leave a strong impression. Obviously, the visual interpretation of the times is key however it’s the whole package, the story and how people talked, treated one another, of course the fashion and how people viewed the world in contrast to their world. It’s a real experience broadening the mind exponentially. Thankfully, the kids of the 21st Century will get more for their cultural education than romantic teenage vampire flicks. Next Christmas 2012 the riveting star of Scorsese’s 2006 Academy Award for Best Picture Departed Leonardo Di Caprio will play in the highly awaited film adaptation of literary giant F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.