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The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is considered a classic novel by many in the literary field The trials and tribulations of the Joad family and other migrants is told throughout this novel In order to gain a perspective into the lives of Oakies Steinbeck uses themes and language of the troubling times of the Great Depression Some of these aspects are critiqued because of their vulgarity and adult nature In some places The Grapes of Wrath has been edited or banned These challenges undermine Steinbecks attempts to add reality to the novel and are unjustifiedIn 1939 The Grapes of Wrath was published and came under fire for its content Vulgarity and the misrepresentation of a preacher were the main complaints that led to the ban and burning of the novel from St Louis Missouri libraries in September 1939 Vulgarity may be prevalent in the book but it has its purpose Steinbeck used some vulgar terms to accurately represent the lingo and slang that was used by the people of the 1930s Most of the terms that were considered vulgar may be a bit distasteful but is nothing that is not heard on the streets today Extreme profanity is not extraneous in the novel in fact it is tame compared to slang terms used today Casy the former preacher that was traveling with the Joads is not be given the connotation as the most holy man Casy did not consider himself a minister at the time The Grapes of Wrath takes place But I aint a preacher no more is spoken many times by Casy in denial that he is a man of the cloth Indeed Casy is brutally killed in the novel but it does not go into graphic violent detail Once again Casys feelings against the employers and government were common to the time and were used to state that ideaAnother point of controversy lies on The Grapes of Wraths closing sequence
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