The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

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In the novel, The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck, class conflict and money are presented numerous times. Steinbeck presents this theme by putting the characters through many trials. Using stylistics elements such as personification and allusions, class conflict and money is presented to show the significance of mistrust and dehumanization, as seen in social classes and humanity in general. Throughout the novel, Steinbeck creates extreme cases of poverty. Poverty, in this case, means the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor. An example of poverty would be when the Joad family buries Grampa instead of having a proper funeral for him. Steinbeck writes, “Pa leaped into the hole and received the bundle in his arms and laid it gently down” (Steinbeck 195), to show that even though it was illegal to bury someone in the ground they did it anyways. The Joad family wanted to have a proper funeral for Grampa, though they couldn’t afford it. This quotation is a good example of dehumanization because it shows the conflict between the rich and the poor. The rich were able to hold a proper funeral for their loved ones, though the poor could not. This also shows dehumanization due to the lack of respect that the poor are given. The social structure of the novel would be as follows: the bank, businesses owners, merchants, working class, and then the poor. The struggles that everyone in the novel face are mostly class
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