The Grapes of Wrath: A Criticism of Capitalism

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about The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Prompt: Is Steinbeck advocating communism w/ "Grapes"?

Thesis: John Steibeck severly criticizes capitalsim in his novel The Grapes of Wrath, but is not advocating communism.

John Steinbeck took a chance when he published The Grapes of Wrath in 1939. He wrote a clear criticism of capitalism at a time when the United States was experiencing the remnants of a 1920s "red scare". He begins the novel by showing the reader the sickness of capitalism, then reveals the greed of those men who support it. Steinbeck mainly criticizes the large landowners and banks for being insensitive and disconnected from the people. The poor migrant workers are almost always seen as better people, much more caring and …show more content…

As the novel moves on once again, Steibeck describes the cruelty of the landowners who use their corrupt power to work men to death and manipulate them to work for slave wages during the Joad 's search for work. A prime example of how the landowners take advantage of men is their method of getting ridiculously cheap labor by sending out many more handbills

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