Many examples of Steinbeck's them can be found, yet they are better connected under the umbrella of this
Here are some of the examples (i had this part very in-depth and even sparkly before, but tripod had to
raise hell and deleted it...not my fault...i try people, i try... so here's a basic skeleton):
biological example- from Sea of Cortez- describes jellyfish
- "There are colonies of pelagic tunicates which have taken a shape like the fingers of a glove. Each member
of the colony is an individual animal, but the colony is another individual animal, not at all like the sum of its individuals."
- the jellyfish group together to create a more protected and efficient being, each individual providing
its aid to the whole and receiving aid from the whole. just tell me that's not phalanx-ish
another biological example- from p. 206
- "Here is the anlage of the thing you fear. This is the zygote. For here 'I lost my land' is changed;
a cell is split and from its splitting grows the thing you hate-'We lost our land.'"
-anlage is a cluster of cells. Each cell springs forth from the anlage, and each cell makes the anlage bigger.
-the "I" and the "you" change to "we"
-philosophical example-from Ecclesiastes - alluded to by Tom on page 570
- "Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against
him, two shall withstand him, and a three-fold cord is not quickly broken."
-this has all the phalanxy stuff that we discussed so far (individuals provide for group and group provides
for individual), but brings in another side - the strength of the group compared to the individual
those were the biggies, the next few are smaller but interesting:
-from title and Battle Hymn of the Republic:
- "Grapes" - sweet little round fruit
-but did you know??? they come in bunches! a grape is one of the few fruits that comes in a cute little
-although each grape is clearly independent of that bunch to our taste buds, it constitutes a part
of the whole, redefining the image of "grapes"
-this ones kinda funny, and Steinbeck uses it three times, so it has to mean something:
-stupid deputy gets angry at people in Hooverville- shoots his gun with very bad aim: "A woman in front
of a tent screamed and then looked at a hand which had no knuckles. The fingers hung on strings against her palm, and the
torn flesh was white and bloodless."
-did you know??? you need fingers to make a strong fist, and each finger is made of small bones called "phalanges!"
-oh but did you know, phalanges is plural for phalanx?? if not, check out the vocab section...
-a fist is only strong when all the phalanges can come together, without them it's weak and powerless, not
to mention useless.