The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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Since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the United States of America is known as a capitalist society. This is a society in which capitalism behavior results in the sole objective of manufacturing capital. Though this is advantageous to the ones making the money, the most destruction is recognized in the lower class where each week’s pay is how the families sustain. The novel, The Grapes of Wrath reveals the story of the Joad family traveling to California during the Dust Bowl searching for labor. The concept of how they are able to overcome the challenges presented, as well as the effect that the capitalist ideals comprised on society’s people are presented within the novel. This contrast shows that the upper-class is not able to put the blame for events that occur throughout the story in the lower class on any sole event or person. This results in the frustration of many “Okies” who have their farms taken away from them as well as any decent paying job. For the duration of the novel, the wealth of individuals is valued more greatly than the expense of human decency or lives.
The novel begins with the Joad family having been forced off of their land. After spending generations living, breathing, and farming the land, “[t]he owners of the land came onto the land, or most often a spokesman for the owners came,” and asked them to leave (Steinbeck 31). Unlike the Joad family and other occupant farmers, the owners of the land had no connection to the land;…
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