Treatment towards Migrant Workers

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Treatment towards Migrant Workers Within In the novel Hard Times by Charles Dickens and the novel The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck both express a theme of vulgar treatment toward migrant workers’ and even towards anyone who was different and did not fit into their society. Both of novels tell great stories of disasters that have happened during the course of history. Throughout history, humans have been victimized by poverty. Poverty always turns up after a life changing event occurs. Events such as the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. In the novel Hard Times by Charles Dickens, Dickens shows that people will lie about basically anything like where they come from just to get some slight attention, just like Mr. Bounderby or should I say “Josiah Bounderby of Coketown” (22). Mr. Bounderby claimed that he was born into a ditch and was abandoned by his own mother. “‘My mother left me to my grandmother,’ said Bounderby” (22). Mr. Bounderby says he doesn’t remember much but what he supposedly remembers was that his grandmother was the “wickedest and the worst old woman that ever lived” (22). Thus, Mr. Bounderby represents the possibility of communal flexibility, exemplifying the confidence that any individual should be able overcome all obstacles to succeed—including poverty and lack of education—through hard work. Indeed, Josiah Bounderby often recited the story of his horrible childhood in order to propose that his hands were underprivileged because they lacked
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