The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck and To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

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“And they [migrants] stand still and watch the potatoes float by, listen to the screaming pigs being killed in a ditch and covered with quicklime, watch the mountains of oranges slop down to a putrefying ooze; and in the eyes of the people there is a failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath” (Steinbeck 349). John Steinbeck, the author of The Grapes of Wrath, portrays the migrant’s resentment of the California land owners and their way of life and illustrates that the vagrants from Oklahoma are yearning for labor, provisions, and human decency. Similarly in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee elucidates the concept that people should be treated with inclusive human dignity and be affected and influenced by good aspects …show more content…
Scout comprehends this message from her father when she tells him that hurting Arthur “Boo” Radley would be like shooting a mockingbird (Lee 276). As a result, Lee is able to project characters like Tom Robinson and Arthur “Boo” Radley as “mockingbirds” because both of them are destroyed by evil depicted by Maycomb’s racial prejudice and social discrimination, “Tom Robinson’s a colored [black] man, Jem. No jury in this part of the world’s [South] going to say, “We think your [Tom Robinson] guilty, but not very,” on a charge [rape] like that” (Lee 219). Scout realizes this from her own experience and from her father, Atticus. Because Scout was raised by her father, the “moral voice” of Maycomb, she too understands the differences in people and that even though there are bad qualities in society, good exists as well when you truly understand individuality, “Atticus, he [Arthur “Boo” Radley] was real nice….” … “Most people are Scout, when you finally see them” (Lee 281). To Kill a Mockingbird and The Grapes of Wrath share a corresponding thematic conception about people’s atrociousness to the weaker, ignorant members of society.
In The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck conveys the essence of human ethics at times of crisis. For this reason, Steinbeck is enabled to construct a theme that reveals humanity’s consistency to take advantage of the feeble and destitute community. For
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