The Steinbeck 's The Grapes Of Wrath By John Steinbeck

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Set in the swallowing depression of the 1920’s, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck provides a hallowing, realistic view into the plight of the proletariat farmer and the exploitation that was all too common during the Great Depression by major corporations. Steinbeck’s literary work serves as a window into the world of the great depression by not only providing a narrative history of the era, but also giving faces to the nameless victims through the characters of Tom Joad, the lead protagonist of the story and Ma, the archetypal matriarch of the house in this 1930’s piece of literature. Steinbeck also uses key stylistic tools to further enlighten and inform the reader to the plight of the farmers and poor folk of the 1930’s. The combination of the use of characters to represents archetypes of the 1930’s combined with the stylistic choices made by Steinbeck creates the third, and arguably the most important part of the trinity that made this piece of literature a classic, the thematic elements painted throughout the novel.

The characters used by Steinbeck give the reader not only a name, but what almost seems to be a real person to associate with certain aspects of the Great Depression. Many Americans found themselves out of work after the stock market crash of 1929 due to over speculation and the common man buying stocks on margin. This set the scene for an inevitable financial collapse that did eventually come in October 1929. However, the farmers of the Midwest had…
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