Analysis Of The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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When John Steinbeck released his distinguished novel The Grapes of Wrath in 1939 it was met with immediate praise - and harsh criticism. A year after the release of the novel, John Ford and Darryl Zanuck released the film adaptation of The Grapes of Wrath. Zanuck and Ford soften the message of greed that make the novel a compelling and moving argument. The novel is more successful in accomplishing Steinbeck’s overall purpose of revealing the true plight of corporate greed the migrants faced, through the use of grim metaphors and scathing accusations. Steinbeck’s metaphors of corporate greed help aid the purpose of acknowledging the maltreatment of migrant farm workers. Steinbeck writes, “The Bank-or the Company-needs-wants-insists-must…show more content…
Steinbeck’s use of harsh accusations help convey the maltreatment of the migrant farm workers by corporate greed. For example, Steinbeck states, “But thems sons-a-bitches at their desks, they jus’ chopped folks in tow for their margin a profit. They jus’ cut ‘em in two. Place were folks live is them folks. They ain’t whole, out lonely on the road in a piled-up car. They ain’t alive no more. Them sons-a-bitches killed ‘em” (67). Steinbeck uses words like “sons-a-bitches” to show the corporations as malevolent and selfish. Other strong words such as “cut” and “killed” convey the message of just how harsh these companies were towards the farmers. Steinbeck’s accusations of the companies “killing” the people appeal to the emotions of the reader since killing is usually associated with the ultimate sin. Another example of Steinbeck’s use of accusations occurs when he states, “Behind the harrows, the long seeders-twelve curved iron penes erected in the foundry, orgasms set by gears, raping methodically, raping without passion” (36). Steinbeck accuses the tractors of committing a heinous and detestable act by stating that they are “raping” the land. He accuses the companies of disregarding the basic human needs of their tenant farmers in search of higher profits, they are essentially acting without consent. The film only shows a tractor grazing over the
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