Realism and Regionalism: The Fine Wine Amongst a Vicious Vineyard in John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath

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Through his use of realism in the era of the modern age, Steinbeck reveals the hardships that were faced by common American citizens during the Great Depression, and utilizes the Joad family in an effort to depict the lives of the farmers who had to flee to new land in the high hopes of a new and better life. The obstacles the family faces are similar to what countless other families had to face, with very little of the population able to successful thrive at the time. By utilizing the empowering endeavors unforeseen by these poor families and the meteorological catastrophes overlooking the Midwest, Steinbeck illustrates the nationwide panic faced by many Americans in an effort to delineate their confusion and uncertainty. The novel connotes the Dust Bowl for what it is: a horrific struggle of survival. Steinbeck’s composition of this literary masterpiece gained the respect of many Americans who were previously unaware of the families who faced unbearable hardships during this time and were left with nothing. (Richard Henry) Steinbeck also uses intercalary chapters to provide the reader with information and insight on the Dust Bowl and other situations that were faced outside of the general fiction that…
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