The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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Seventy-five years later, John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath, and the film adaptation, are still relevant to life now, because there are several relatable themes running through the book and movie. The novel depicts the about the economic inequality of the 1840s and 1930s. Yet still today, there is economic inequality. The wealthier people with jobs also look down on the poorer, unemployed people. Perhaps there is a fear that the jobless will come in and steal jobs. However, the American dream is clearly present in the novel and has been throughout history. There has always been, and will continue to be, economic inequality. The novel shows the economic struggle and disparity between different classes, the better-off “haves” and the poorer “have-nots.” The book shows the contrast between the Mexicans and the Americans in the 1840s and between the Californians and the Midwesterners in the 1930s. The Mexicans and were, economically, better off than the poor, hungry Americans traveling west. The Californians were also better off than the Okies, who desperately needed jobs. The novel and movie feature countless labor camps and Hoovervilles filled with dispossessed migrant workers from the Midwest. There is still economic disparity between different groups. Currently, there is unequal wealth distribution in America. According to the video “Wealth Inequality in America,” eighty percent of Americans collectively have only seven percent of all the wealth in America. On
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