In John Steinbeck’s Nobel Prize Banquet Acceptance Speech, he speaks about how much he appreciates literature. He speaks of how people don’t appreciate reading & literature as much as we used to. Steinbeck takes his speech as an opportunity to not only speak about literature, but also about humanity and how we have changed as a race. One of the themes of Steinbeck’s speech is about how literature has grown and changed over the times, and how mankind has taken advantage of it. According to Steinbeck, having too much power often gives people only two choices, and we often make the wrong choice.