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The Grapes of Wrath is a novel by John Steinbeck that exposes the desperate conditionsunder which the migratory farm families of America during the 1930s live under The novel tellsof one families migration west to California through the great economic depression of the 1930s The Joad family had to abandon their home and their livelihoods They had to uproot and setadrift because tractors were rapidly industrializing their farms The bank took possession of theirland because the owners could not pay off their loan The novel shows how the Joad family dealswith moving to California How they survive the cruelty of the land owners that take advantage ofthem their poverty and willingness to work The Grapes of Wrath combines Steinbeck adoration of the land his simple hatred of corruption resulting from materialism money and his abiding faith in the common people to overcome the hostile environment The novel opens with a retaining picture of nature onrampage The novel shows the men and women that are unbroken by nature The theme is one ofman verses a hostile environment His body destroyed but his spirit is not broken The methodused to develop the theme of the novel is through the use of symbolism There are several uses ofsymbols in the novel from the turtle at the beginning to the rain at the end As each symbol ispresented through the novel they show examples of the good and the bad things that exist within The opening chapter paints a vivid picture of the situation facing the drought-stricken farmers of Oklahoma Dust is described a covering everything smothering the life out of anything that wants to grow The dust is symbolic of the erosion of the lives of the people The dust is synonymous with deadness The land is ruined way of life farming gone people uprootedand forced to leave Secondly the dust stands for profiteering banks in the background thatsqueeze
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