Refugees And Republics : Summary

1433 Words Oct 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Jared Keim
Mr. Bowne
AP English III
October 18, 2016

Refugees and Republics

“For hundreds of thousands of women, escaping their ruined homeland was only the first step in a journey of grinding hardship. They have run out of money, face daily threats to their safety, and are being treated as outcasts for no other crime than losing their men to a vicious war. It’s shameful. They are being humiliated for losing everything,” UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres stated. Only one in five women surveyed for the report on Syrian refugees had found paid work. Contrast that with the one in three women who are too afraid or overwhelmed to leave their houses, their isolation and despair palpable: “I don’t want to leave the house because of the sadness in my heart,” one 70 year old grandmother said. Obviously the circumstances facing the Syrian refugees are greater than the circumstances facing the characters in The Grapes of Wrath, also known as ‘Okies’, due to the greater possibility of death and even larger dearth of life necessities that surround them. In The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck portrays the Okies as refugees to demonstrate the cruelty faced by the wealthier class is a direct result of the economic policy of the United States of America. He is strongly against democracy and, through symbolism, shows the downsides of the market economy. Steinbeck is able to show the greatest pitfall of a market economy, that there are winners and losers, and the disparity between them create…
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