The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of Tom Joad, a man who leaves his home state of Oklahoma and journeys with his family to California for work during the Great Depression (Steinbeck). However, although fictional, the story hit too close to home for many Americans at the time. Some argued that the book was propaganda and exaggerated the conditions of the working class, and copies were burned in protest (“Banned Book Awareness”). In reality, Steinbeck 's description of the conditions workers deal with was an understatement, and he speaks out against banks that evict families with debt (“Banned Book Awareness”). Steinbeck’s novel was a call to action addressed to the government, demanding that they do something to assist the poor.
“John Steinbeck was born on February 27, 1902 in Salinas, California, the third child of Olive and John Ernst Steinbeck” (“John Steinbeck Biography”). Steinbeck was always interested in writing, and attended Stanford University to sharpen his skills (“John Steinbeck Biography”). Steinbeck drew inspiration from the world around him for his stories and wrote novels such as East of Eden and The Red Pony, which were respectively based on the landscape of Salinas Valley and his pony Jill (“John Steinbeck Biography”).
In order to understand Steinbeck’s discontent towards banks, one must first understand the circumstances that led to the Great Depression. During the summer of 1929, consumer spending slowed down and companies…
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