Comparing The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck and To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

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“And they stand still and watch the potatoes float by, listen to the screaming pigs being killed in a ditch and covered with quicklime, watch the mountains of oranges slop down to a putrefying ooze; and in the eyes of the people there is a failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath” (Steinbeck 349). John Steinbeck, the author of The Grapes of Wrath, portrays the migrant’s resentment of the California land owners and their way of life and illustrates that the vagrants from Oklahoma are yearning for labor, provisions, and human decency. Similarly in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee elucidates the concept that people should be treated with inclusive human dignity and be affected by good aspects rather than deleterious…show more content…
In the novel, grapes epitomize the wrath of the migrants to the land owners. Steinbeck also uses a turtle to symbolize the tormenting agony and the help the Joads received while venturing to California, “A sedan driven by a forty-year-old woman approached. She saw the turtle and swung to the right, off the highway . . . And now a light truck approached, and as it came near, the driver saw the turtle and swerved to hit it” (Steinbeck 15). Rose of Sharon’s stillborn child is a representation of the Joad’s indigence and destitution. The family has been torn apart and separated, they all have little to live from, and it is too much for them to handle (Steinbeck 216). The theme of The Grapes of Wrath is also developed upon its shifts between third person omniscient and objective points of view. The narrator of the novel follows the Joad’s excursion to California and describes events from a broader view. The chapters of the Joad’s story are primarily told from an objective point of view in which the Joads communicate to each other, but it sometimes shifts to an omniscient point of view where the narrator will take the voice of a car salesman or a broad view of the Dust Bowl migration. At these points, Steinbeck reveals how the wealthy members of society exploit impoverished and powerless people, “Get ‘em ready to deal, an’ I’ll close ‘em. Goin’ to California? Here’s jus’ what you need. Looks shot, but they’s thousan’s of miles in her” (Steinbeck 66). In addition

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