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In 1939 John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath to stir up readers against those who were responsible for keeping the American people in poverty The Grapes of Wrath tells the story of the Joad family migrant farmers from Oklahoma traveling to California in search of a fantasy of prosperity The novels strong position stirred up much controversy as it was often called Communist propaganda and banned from schools due to its vulgar language However Steinbecks novel is considered to be his greatest work It won the Pulitzer Prize and later became an Academy Award winning movie in 1940 The novel and the movie are both considered to be magnificent masterpieces Although both the novel and movie form of Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath are considered to be American classics the novel provides a deeper understanding of the storys time and meaning The novels interchapters provide a greater understanding of the time in which The Grapes of Wrath takes place First in the movie it is unclear why the Joads are forced to abandon their farm It is described very briefly by Muley Graves leaving you in a state of confusion However in the novel Chapter 5 explains exactly why the farmers are forced to leave In this interchapter Steinbeck uses a dialogue between a farmer and a representative from a bank the farmer is forced to leave because the bank or theMonster as Steinbeck says needs to make a profit and if the farmer cannot produce any goods to pay off debts then the bank forecloses the land This happened to many farmers in the 1930s due to a drought demonstrating how the novel gives a better understanding of the time Second in the movie the Joads travel down Route 66 to California The movie does not discuss the significance of this route On the other hand Chapter 12 of the novel describes how Route 66 is a river of immigrants This interchapter explains
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