The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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Which is worse; parents placing money before their children, or hdhdhshdhdhdhdhshsj? The clear answer is that both are equally disturbing. Sadly, both these examples are not uncommon. According to Ross, many families are breaking down as parents place work above children and children are more willing to self destruct as they notice they are being placed second. These modern-day examples are connected to The Grapes of Wrath by a common theme, money before people. This is a dangerous but common theme that John Steinbeck endeavors not only to warn but to inform his readers of. Although there are some instances of the Okies aiding one another, money before people is a central theme in The Grapes of Wrath as well as real life because it is the main source of motivation for the antagonism displayed towards the Okies. Money before people is a common, recurring theme in the novel. This theme is introduced as soon as the fifth chapter when the landowners come to take the Okies lands and the narrator remarks, “ If a bank or a finance company owned the land, the owner man said, The Bank—or the Company— needs—wants—insists—must have—as though the Bank or the Company were a monster, with thought and feeling, which had ensnared them” (Steinbeck 31). Money before people is referred to here as a monster that forces the landowners to push the Okies off. In truth, the landowners could do the right thing and allow the Okies to stay on the land, but since it would cost them most everything…
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