The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

1033 Words Feb 26th, 2015 5 Pages
Ashlyn Wieczorek
Mrs. Benz
AP English Language and Composition
February, 6 2015 Socialism In John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, he used many clashes of tradition to imply socialism as the cure to California’s economic mess in the 1930s. Socialism started early in Europe and several experiments of it were done in America. To anyone who knows history at all, it always seems to repeat itself, and this philosophy of government style has always failed. Socialism tries to hide behind the concept of "fairness” to suck the blood and freedom from people.
Tom Joad displays his first clash of tradition was he is hiding in the cotton fields. Tom clearly states to Ma that he hates how people are being treated there and does not like what he sees. Many times while staying in the Hooper Ranch and The government internment camps they help all join as one community and help feed the starving children. This clash of tradition shows the concept of "every man helps another". Clashing against a new social order of the times, one in which the capitalistic institutions need to make a profit to survive. This further implies Steinbeck’s socialistic ideas of how man is useless without one another. The philosophy already being displayed in the beginning few chapters carves the way for even more questionable references.
Jim Casy, a former charismatic preacher, and the moral spokesman from the novel shows many religious controversies as well. Jim Casy ended his preaching career ever since “Tom…
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