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ECON 115 26 May 2000 The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbecks book The Grapes of Wrath depicts the sufferings of a southwestern family of poor tenant farmers who migrate to California in hopes of finding prosperity but sadly only find poverty and despair there The book portrays the transition the Joads family experiences as they become migrant laborers under the command of the rich A change in their concept of family and in their personal roles is brought about by their predicament However the family stuggles to survive by working together and fighting for each other despite numerous challenges they encounter The purpose of the Grapes of Wrath is essentially social protest It was designed to inform the public of the migrant pilgrimage It is a plea for the landowners of California and the banks in the dust bowl states to be more tolerant It shows how the migrants were made to starve by California landowners and banks just so they could turn a profit It shows many methods that they used to cheat the migrants out of money and keep them from organizing The style Steinbeck used was simple throughout the novel He used the actual dialect of the Oklies to make the dialogue as realistic as possible The structure Steinbeck used made the novel effective He used two different basic stories one of the individual journey of the Joad family and one for telling the general pilgrimage of the migrants He shows the individual family to show that the migrants are real people and tells the general story to show how the pilgrimage is affecting large numbers of people The Grapes of Wrath is a novel of social more than literal importance It deals with social realism by portraying the world as it actually exists without fantastic or imaginary alteration In the Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck expresses some viewpoints that are similar to Ralph Waldo Emersons philosophies and
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