The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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Steinbeck’s uses of Socialist Ideas in “The Grapes of Wrath” Shortly after being released John Steinbeck’s book “The Grapes of Wrath” was banned because many critics viewed the novel as promoting communist propaganda, or socialist ideas. The ideas that many of these critics point to is Steinbeck’s depiction of the Big Banks/ Businesses as monsters, the comparison of Government camps to a utopia in contrast of the makeshift “Hoovervilles,” and the theme of the community before the individual, In his novel “The Grapes of Wrath” John Steinbeck uses the struggle of migrants on their way to California to show how certain socialist ideas and theories could make the Capitalist society better.
Steinbeck compares banks to monsters very early in his book “The Bank--or the company--needs--wants--insists--musthave--as though the Bank or the Company were a monster, with thought and feeling” (31) . The owners of the land must force the tenants to leave not because they want to but because the “ monster” forces them too. The Bank is all about profits and why would it let a family who keeps part of the crops they grow stay on land the bank owns when they can pay someone on a tractor to do all the farming for them and the crops go to straight profit “With the industrial revolution and the development of tractors, family farms were giving way to factory farming” ( Novels for Students 16). Not only did the bank force the migrants from the land that they were born on “Grampa took up the land,…
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