The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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The Grapes of Wrath
John Steinbeck, widely viewed as one of the most finest and powerful American writer, born to a middle-class family in 1902 in the Salinas Valley of California. Steinbeck is a writer who often spoke for the people. The Grapes of Wrath is a great movie, published in 1939, filled with many universal truths and views on human nature and society, especially where class is concerned. In the article, John Steinbeck The Grapes a wrath: A Call to Action says, “Steinbeck’s novel showcased the other side of the coin: the people who remain behind the scenes while the public benefits from the fruits of their labor, literally” (1). Steinbeck was outraged by the socioeconomic system. In particular, he displays the utmost respect for the dignity of the tenant farmer to whom the novel gives voice to. In the early 1930s the Great Depression was not the only tragedy to take place, a massive drought destroyed the agricultural lands of the Great Plains, especially in Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. Moreover, reasons where excessive wheat cultivation after the first World War, these lands were already suffering from loose topsoil and, without rain, the crops simply were not able to take root. The novel centers on Tom Joad and the Joad family’s experiences during this hardship. However, the Joad family 's life served as the symbol representing all California migrant workers during the period. Moreover, the novel is also a display of conflict between poverty and wealth, as…
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