The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood both explore the concept of the human condition and the qualities undermining the circumstances of our sentient through the gripping lives of the two leading protagonists. John Steinbeck explores Tom Joad as the main protagonist in The Grapes of Wrath and connects his character with the audience through his significantly adjuring transformation from ‘ex-con’ to selfless family man throughout the text. Inversely, Paul Thomas Anderson explores Daniel Plainview as the main protagonist in There Will Be Blood and connects his character with the audience through unquestionable toughness and a considerable, enthralling transformation from imposing businessman to selfish psychopath. Similarly, these two texts are based in times of hardship, The Grapes of Wrath is fixed during the great depression and There Will Be Blood is set during the early 1900’s when mining was difficult. The two authors use the hardships of their main protagonist to demonstrate the different ways in which humans can become affected by the pathway chosen regarding feeling and emotion. Through the complexity of the two main protagonists, the authors make direct opinions toward the human condition and the ability to change persona through risky decisions and family influence.

The opening few scenes in each text describes the persona of each main protagonist and perfectly represents the qualities they already posses. Anderson…
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