The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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In the novel, Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, depicts the struggles between upper class, middle class, and poor, migrant workers which show how natural human greed and selfishness amongst those with sustainable income increases tension between the separate classes. Steinbeck also uses the empathetic views shared amongst those in the same situations and how it gives them a want to help each other survive. The rich are wasteful with things they are unable to profit from; they cannot stand the poor nor the thought of the stagnation of their company. They are unable to accept a large consistent profit; the business itself is not the monster that begins to die from a constant profit but the greedy humans behind it. The rich would rather burn and dump their products than give them away. These men know that they have caused the problem with their lust for more money even though they have a constant and sustainable income as is. Those owning land or factories would rather destroy home, take away the livelihood of entire families, than to use one dollar more than necessary. These men are indirectly killing those they employ. The greed and want for easier increase their lucre. Steinbeck says, “When the monster stops growing it dies.” (Steinbeck 44). In this part of the book a representative is telling families they are being evicted from their shares of the land in order to increase profits because one man on a tractor can do more than a few families and he costs less. These men

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