Summary Of In Dubious Battle And The Grapes Of Wrath

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John Steinbeck is one of the most popular and important authors in American literature. Witnessing some of the darkest moments of the human experience, twentieth-century writers, like Steinbeck, found themselves swept up in the wars, politics, and social movements of the century. Considering the subjects that drew Steinbeck’s notice, and the care in which he wrote about different people groups, one thing seems to be clear: Steinbeck cared about people. With a large majority of his works concentrating on the state of California, Steinbeck found the land, and its people, worth writing about. Published three years apart, the two novels In Dubious Battle (1936) and The Grapes of Wrath (1939) differ greatly, from Steinbeck’s treatment of political themes to his treatment of the narrative’s focus. After the success of his novel In Dubious Battle, Steinbeck would go on to be hired to write seven articles for The San Francisco News, where he experienced the abundance of abuses that would provoke Steinbeck to take a different direction with his next novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Drawing notice to the significant deviations between the two novels, In Dubious Battle and The Grapes of Wrath, through his treatment of subject matter, character development, and concluding assessments, this period of Steinbeck’s life would go on to identify Steinbeck as an authentic voice for the concealed victims of California’s agricultural valleys.

John Steinbeck grew up in Salinas, California. A

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