Coers, donald v introduction to the moon is down, by john steinbeck new york: penguin books, 1995 new york: penguin books, 1995 a clear, concise summary of steinbeck’s purpose in writing the novel and the response to the novel in the united states and abroad during wartime. The moon is down has 16,732 ratings and 1,210 reviews stephen said: propaganda is a word often spewed in anger or indignation at some form of manipulati. John steinbeck’s the moon is down is actually an american story although that is not where it takes place this is because during the time that the story was written it was considered demoralizing and would lower moral for americans taking part in the war efforts.
29 quotes from the moon is down: ‘free men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat herd men, followers of a leader, cann. The moon is down, a novel by john steinbeck fashioned for adaptation for the theatre and for which steinbeck received the norwegian king haakon vii freedom cross, was published by viking press in march 1942.
The moon is down is a 1943 american war film starring cedric hardwicke and henry travers and directed by irving pichel it is based on the novel of the same name by john steinbeck during world war ii , german soldiers occupy a small norwegian town.
The moon is down is a unique and interesting look at the situation of world war 2 it does not villainize or stereotype instead, it shows that all people, average citizens and nazis alike, are subject to human emotion and human weakness some critics criticized steinbeck for making the nazis too human, and not evil enough i disagree. Do not get me wrong, i absolutely loved the grapes of wrath, but after reading the moon is down, i couldn’t comprehend why it wasn’t john steinbeck’s most popular book it takes place in a fictional, unnamed city that is invaded and occupied by an unnamed armed force, loosely based off of the nazi occupation of norway during wwii. The moon is down, john ernst steinbeck the moon is down, a novel by john steinbeck fashioned for adaptation for the theatre and for which steinbeck received the norwegian king haakon vii freedom cross, was published by viking press in march 1942.