The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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Both John Steinbeck’s criticism and optimism was written into The Grapes of Wrath, a book that he researched for nearly two years before he finally finished the book. While writing the novel, he said to his friend and literary agent: “I must go over into the interior valleys. There are about five thousand families starving to death over there...The states and counties will give them nothing because they are outsiders. But the crops of any part of this state could not be harvested without these outsiders. I 'm pretty mad about it... Funny how mean and little books become in the face of such tragedies. (Steinbeck)” His opinionated viewpoint on the treatment of the migrant workers is what drove him to write The Grapes of Wrath the way he did. Though Steinbeck’s goal with his stylistic choices was to write a story with allusions that many people would be able to understand in order to deepen the meaning of his novel, he also used The Grapes of Wrath to share his own religious and societal beliefs with his audience. The whole novel itself is created through the use of biblical allusions. Without these, you would lose a lot of the deeper themes that Steinbeck was trying to convey. One such allusion is found in the title of the book. The Grapes of Wrath “is a direct Christian allusion, suggesting the glory of the coming Lord (Biblical)” The Joad family is forced to leave their home early on, and from then on they face many hardships. Yet despite this adversity they are able to
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