Essay about The Grapes of Wrath - Lifestyle in the 1930's

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The Grapes of Wrath is a historical and fictional novel that was written by John Steinbeck in 1939. He wanted to show his point of view of life in US during the years of Great Depression. This essay will talk about the lifestyle the public had during that time which dramatically changed conditions that the environment in we stern part of US had. The plot of Steinbeck?s work of fiction is rooted in the historical and social events of 1930s America, specifically the environmental disaster in Oklahoma. Drought had been a serious problem for the Great Plains region of the United States for many decades prior to the 1930s. Meanwhile, poor farming techniques of numerous sharecroppers had decimated the agricultural capacity of the land, the…show more content…
Grandpa Joad, who complains that he does not want to leave his land, dies on the road after the family?s departure. As the Joads near California, they hear warning rumors of a depleted job market. One migrant tells Pa that more than twice more people show up than needed for work and that his own children have starved to death. Soon after they reached their destination, they lose three members of the family. Grandma dies, Noah, the oldest of the Joad children, and Connie, the husband of pregnant Rose of Sharon, abandon the family. As Joads come to California, they observe overcrowded camps that are full of starving migrants. Work is almost impossible to find or pays such a small salary that the whole family cannot earn enough money for food. While staying in a camp known as a ?Hooverville,? Tom and several men get into an intense argument with a deputy sheriff over whether workers should organize into a union. After that, Tom knocks the sheriff unconscious, but Jim Casy is arrested. Police officers announce their intention to burn the Hooverville. A government-run camp proves much friendlier to the Joads, and the family soon finds many friends and some work. Although the life in that camp for the family is pleasant, they cannot survive without steady work, and they must move on. Joads starts to pick fruit, but soon find out that they are getting a decent pay only because they have been hired to break a worker?s strike. Tom meets Jim Casy, after being
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