The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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The Grapes of Wrath is a well-known beloved novel of American Literature, written by John Steinbeck and published in 1939. Whoever said a road is just a road has not read The Grapes of Wrath. From the time we read when Tom Joad, novel’s protagonist, returns home after four years in prison; the meaning of roads changed. Route 66, also known as the mother road the road of flight, was a lifeline road, which allowed thousands of families to pursue their hopes and dreams. This road is also the road that led to misery in California. Route 66 only goes two directions; you can either go forward in search of opportunity, or you can go backwards and return to the poverty you came from. John Steinbeck wrote this novel describing the difficult life in America during The Great Depression and Dust Bowl. To get a great idea of how it was he prepared himself by living in an Oklahoma farm and journeyed to California. Steinbeck included many historical themes in The Grapes of Wrath such as, man’s inhumanity to man, selfishness, wrath, and faith. In writing this novel, Steinbeck attempted to describe the life during the Depression and included criticism of the politics that had caused the worst. When Steinbeck was in the process of writing a novel about the migrant farm workers, he didn’t take the task very lightly and stayed committed. His novel is a chronicle of the Depression and a commentary on the social and economic system that influenced the rise. During the early 1930’s throughout…
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