The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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In the two texts A Fine Balance (1995) by Rohinton Minstry and The Grapes of Wrath (1939) by John Steinbeck, the idea that adverse experiences impact an individual’s beliefs is explored through the different ways that the composers of both texts convey how living in a hostile environment and loss can change an individual’s personal philosophy.
Throughout the two texts it is apparent that a hostile and oppressive society exists and through the use of various techniques, the authors reveal how living within a hostile environment can shape and develop one’s personal beliefs. In the Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck’s characterisation of Tom Joad and the use of the 1930’s Great Depression era and the Dust Bowl as a contextual framework reveals how
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Rohinton Minstrys’ A Fine Balance is a text that demonstrates how an individual’s personal philosophy is affected when subjugated to corrupted power. The mid-1970s State of Emergency in India Minstry uses as a contextual backdrop for the text creates a hostile environment in terms of violence and social stratification, similar to the The Grapes of Wrath as there was an evident social division between the rich and poor. Living under the Emergency’s tyranny many were determined to fight their oppressors, in Om’s case it was the upper-caste system, whose parents were tortured and killed for entertaining ideas above their station as chamar by the village brahmin Thakur, “Their screams were heard through the village… their lips and tongues melted away. The still, silent bodies were taken down from the tree. When they began to stir, the roped were transferred from their ankles to their necks, and the three men were hanged. The bodies were
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