The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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The Grapes of Wrath

April 14th, 1939, John Steinbeck published the novel, The Grapes of Wrath. The novel became an immediate best seller, with selling over 428,900 copies. Steinbeck, who lived through both the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, sought to bring attention to how families of Oklahoma outdid these disasters. Steinbeck focuses on families of Oklahoma, including the Joads family, who reside on a farm. The Joad family is tested with hardship when life for them on their farm takes a corrupt turn. Steinbeck symbolizes the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, as the monster, by focusing on bringing attention to how the families in Oklahoma bypass the disastorous weather, greedy bankers, and also the unreceptive greeting by the California locals.

The Great Depression and Dust Bowl symbolizes the monster as the disastorous weather. The Grapes of Wrath first takes place in Oklahoma, where Steinbeck prominently describes how devastating the Dust Bowl effects the farmers of Oklahoma. With the earths layer decimating, and clouding all movements of life. The enormous clouds of dust block out the sun for days, seeping through the cracks of the families homes. Families stuck damp cloths in the knocks and crannies of their homes to try to keep the dust astray. Maria Magner, writer for Demand Media concurs "It seems to have purpose as it pushes its way through the doorway and windows, and settle on the chairs, tables, and dishes." The monster as nature 's demise for the Dust…
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