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  •  And I do assert that there was a level of bigotry (0+ / 0-)

    on Steinbeck's part in that, to him there could be no "automatic/necessary" conflict between Arthur and Lee because Lee to Steinbeck, was not a REAL man (only white men can be real men/Asians are not white men/Asians therefore are not "real" men/therefore bigotry.)

    IOW, I doubt the OPs reading that the relationship was homosexual. Homosocial, yes and ONLY possible because Steinbeck considered Asians to be "other." Not necessarily a BAD thing, note, except in comparison with Steinbeck's standards for "real" (white) men.

    My point about Little Tree was that you can be racist and create a fully realized portrait of the "other," NOT that being a racist automatically means your racism shows through in your writing.

    •  Well (0+ / 0-)

      you can assert whatever you like but it would be helpful if you would root your assertions in the text. How, exactly does the text support your assertions? Isn't that where you started from, asserting that Steinbeck's portrayal of Lee indicated bigotry on his part?  

      Nothing human is alien to me.

      by WB Reeves on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 01:36:13 PM PST

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