The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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In the novel The Grapes of Wrath, author John Steinbeck describes the lives of the poor families, land and property less farm workers in California during the Dust Bowl. This novel tells the story of the hardship of the thousands of migrant workers; also describes a close story of the struggle the Joad family faces throughout this novel. The living conditions of these migrated workers were miserable, filled with starvation, homelessness depression and despair. There are multiple views of Karl Marx’s idea of communism presented in this novel, including his radical ideas that the proletariats should unite and revolt against the bourgeoisie. In the novel it has been stated that in order for the proletariats to change their current state, the proletariats need to form a union, revolt against the bourgeoisie, and eventually establish self government. Through the Marx’s lens you will see how communism guides through all the oppressions the Joad family faces in this novel which are by religion, property, family, law and work; and see how the capitalism causes the demolition on forming an utopian society. Steinbeck wrote the novel from a Marxist point of view. Steinbeck is supporting Marxist ideas by illustrating the powerful bourgeois individuals who are involved in capitalism, as bourgeoisie owners try to take advantage of those less fortunate. The upper class exploits the less fortunate in capitalism.
During the dust bowl, there has been tremendous suffering of the social…
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