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Consistently in the world of literature there emerge writers who publish works to deeply affect readers people of power and even the government by bringing controversial subjects perhaps previously ignored or unknown to the spotlight John Steinbeck winner of the Nobel Prize is one of these writers The Grapes of Wrath is a work which compromises nothing to function as John Steinbecks social statement and plea a novel in which he protests against the treatment of the migrants by land-owners and the natives of California and strikes a sympathetic and angered chord deep within his readers so as to make a difference in society and in the government He is specifically concerned with the way the migrants are treated by the farm-owners in California and to communicate these concerns he uses two things a family and their story to strike a personal chord and intercalary chapters to further develop his social and moral concerns The Grapes of Wrath is based around a fictional sharecropper family called the Joads though their story is nearly identical to many of the true migrants of the great depression The Joads struggle to maintain some sort of dignity and pride is broken by the tragedies they must witness and experience the murder of their former preacher and good friend Casy the constant harassment by the deputies ugly nicknames depressing camps and a tired lack of jobs Through this story Steinbeck refuses to let the plight of the migrants remain impersonal and distant He gives the American people a way to understand exactly what was going on by turning the situation into a well-written story Through his moving narrative the American people become intimately acquainted with one family and thus become intimately acquainted with the entire situation As Tom runs through underbrush and grass his face bleeding and his mind racing as he escapes the persecutors whom he saw kill Casy the reader longs to reach a
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