The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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In John Steinbeck 's The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad and his family are forced from their home during the 1930’s Oklahoma Dust Bowl and set out for California along with thousands of others in search of jobs, land, and hope for a brighter future. The Grapes of Wrath is Steinbeck’s way to expound about the injustice and hardship of real migrants during the Depression-era. He utilizes accurate factual information, somber imagery, and creates pathos, allowing readers connections to the Joad’s plight John Steinbeck inserts accurate facts into The Grapes of Wrath to demonstrate the narrative events of this book actually occurred in real migrant’s lives. Steinbeck uses the names of actual towns and cities in California so his readers can obtain deeper meaning in his work. “Well why don ' we go to Marysville? Ma demanded… Ma said “We’re a-goin to Marysville. I don’t care what the pay is, were a-goin” (451) “Sallisaw to Gore is 21 miles and Hudson was.. from Gore to Warner 13 miles; Warner to Checotah 14 mile; Checotah a long jump to Henrietta,- 34 miles” (157) Each of the towns mentioned are actual places that migrants traveled through. Steinbeck demonstrates the reality of migrants situations by using authentic information about migrant’s journeys. Steinbeck’s application of historically accurate facts creates a more realistic story. “Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman. At one end of the counter, a covered case; candy cough drops, caffeine sulphate called Sleepless; No Doze; candy,
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