At the beginning of the novel, Ethan is a happy go-lucky guy who makes jokes and plays around with words. In the end, he's tired and his family is quarrelsome. I can see why Steinbeck is considered a great author; I just wish I could get through his books with a little pleasure in the reading process ... I don’t feel for Ethan. I don’t want him to win and I don’t want him to get off with a quick and easy suicide. I guess Steinbeck’s message is that all men are self-serving at their core, and can become ruthless in a war-like situation like the American economic system.
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