John Steinbeck 's The Grapes Of Wrath

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• John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath (1939) contains anticapitalistic sentiments which force the reader to question whether capitalism is responsible for the death of the American Dream, even questioning if that dream in fact exists. To explore this further, this essay will examine a number of John Steinbeck’s works in addition to the primary text. To gain a better understanding of a capitalist society, the essay will focus on how society was affected by the economy, industrialisation, and Karl Marx’s capitalist theory (1867). • The original meaning of the American dream was to encourage Americans and migrants to work within a society for the common good. Wright’s standpoint on the American dream is that the phrase – originated from James Truslow Adams (1931) – was not coined the same way as it is today. The original meaning of the American dream has been warped over time, and the ideals now consist of materialistic wants in a society that is no longer happy with what once made it powerful or successful. • At its very core, Marx’s capitalist theory is an economic system based on three things: wage labour, which comes from land owners employing individuals to work for a wage, control of the means of production (factories, farms, offices and machinery), and production for exchange and profit. Considering the majority of society do not own the means of production, and are not private owners, they are forced to offer their ability to work in exchange for a regular wage,
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