32 pages 1 hour read

John Steinbeck

The Moon Is Down

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 1942

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Essay Topics


How does Steinbeck use the conversations between Mayor Orden and Colonel Lanser to discuss the novel’s themes of democracy and authoritarianism?


Do you believe Colonel Lanser would act differently if not for Mr. Corell’s continued presence in the town and Corell’s threat of reporting Lanser to his superiors? Why or why not?


How does Steinbeck use the town’s setting to discuss the moral and ethical implications of war? What significance do you see in the frequent snowfall and cold weather the soldiers must endure?