Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck penned a story about compassion, friendship, and the pursuit of a dream.

Steinbeck’s novel takes place in Salinas Valley, California during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Two migrant workers, Lennie and George, are seeking out the American dream in the Salinas Valley — they are striving toward a place to call home.

Lennie and George work at a ranch in Salinas…

Ask a few key questions.

The word “analyze” is often difficult for students to define.

Sometimes, when college students see the words “analyze,” they translate the word into meanings something more along the lines of “summarize.”

This leads to potential problems for the student because if one of their instructors asks them to “analyze” something…

Multiculturalism in America has caused us to lose the ability to communicate.

America’s multicultural view that all cultures are equal, and there are no objective standards, has caused Americans to lose the ability to communicate through an articulated moral system.

Essentially, America no longer has a moral language.

Some may claim that a moral language is not essential. The neo-liberal multiculturalists and the big business conservatives likely believe that the…

America’s increased income equality is a disturbing trend that demands our attention.

America has experienced tremendous economic growth in the past 30 years. Most of the proceeds of that growth have gone to the wealthy. As a result, America is increasingly stratified into an upper middle class and the lower class.

It is increasingly difficult to move from one class to another…

These two literary forms have many differences and similarities.

The epic is one of the oldest literary forms.

One of the first written works of literature, Epic of Gilgamesh,is an epic. This heroic epic was followed by The Iliad and The Odyssey in Greek literature. Later in the classical era, Virgil wrote The Aeneid which is also an epic.

Then, in Europe, other stories of heroes were also…

William Matthew McCarter

Dr. William Matthew McCarter lives in SE Missouri. His award winning fiction and academic work have been published extensively.

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