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Grapes of Wrath By John Steinbeck How does California seem to modern America Violent Crowded Filled with bad people People who live in cities and have lost touch with the earth These people are portrayed in John Steinbecks Grapes of Wrath as Californians Yet people from the Midwest flocked to California seeking prosperity and opportunity Their land had been taken by the banks and turned into cotton fields They were left homeless and desperate These people sought to work in the fields where they could eat a peach or sit under a tree to relax But there wasnt a California as they had imagined In fact the world they entered into when they arrived in California was a cold one The locals excluded the newcomers and forced them to leave The locals tormented the foreigners calling them Okies and telling them that they are unwanted There was no work and when there was the workers were underpaid and forced to work for low wages California was hell But John Steinbeck creates this novel to fit the romance archetype In this archetype the hero makes a journey encounters problems in his path which he overcomes and reaches his final destination The hero of the novel must be larger than life strong and different from others He must be a natural leader and greatly glorified The earth resembles the Garden of Eden or a paradise He must be in touch with the earth The Grapes of Wrath has many obvious connections to the romance archetype and many subtle connections One of the more obvious connections is the journey The main characters the Joads embark on a journey from Kansas to California In the 1930s Kansas was in the Dust Bowl a part of the Midwest where the land dried up causing fierce dust storms that could kill people California on the other hand was the beautiful fertile valley where people could pick peaches become
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