The Grapes of Wrath Essay

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The Grapes of Wrath



This event occurred in the era of the Great Depression in the United
States, which was in the late 1920's and early 1930's, when the whole nation
had to go through hardships because of the scarce resources in the country.
Beginning with the stock market crash of 1929, poverty and oppression spread
across the nation like a wild fire taking everyone by surprise. The Dust Bowl
helped continue this movement.

Many different things caused this event. For example, when the Great
Depression occurred, many peoples land were taken away leaving them
penniless and forced into poverty. In this case, the Joads were kicked off their
land by the bank, which owned it because the drought from the Dust Bowl had
made
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Hoover. The people believed that it
was because of him this depression was caused, so the author uses his name as
one of the cities in the book called Hooverville. It was this same city where one
of the conflicts between Tom Joad and a deputy sheriff occur causing Tom to get
arrested. The author tries to tie in what is happening in the world around them
into their lives. Such as the conflict in Hooverville shows the kind of efforts the
president was making for the people. On the other side of a president that
people thought had disappointed them, then later came the president that was
supposed to help them with his " New Deal." This president is known as Franklin
D. Roosevelt. Though he becomes president in later years at the end of the
decade that the book was written, he still is part of the era. He tried to help his
people out, and doing so, you can see the slow changes at the end of the book
on how things are starting to come in to place. To get back in the story, the main
Protagonist was Tom Joad because the conflicts in the story did revolve around
his life and the people in it. He basically represented the migrant workers and
had a plan to organize people to improve living conditions. He realizes the
effects of capitalism and what it had done for the people on the earth. Even
though it wasn't so much a single person, but the government also did play an
important role. The government portrayed as both good and evil in this book, a
type of…