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Living through such things as the depression the Dust Bowl summers and trying to provide for their own families which included finding somewhere to travel to where life would be safe Such is the story of the Joads The Joads were the main family in John Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath a book which was written in order to show what a family was going through at this time period and how they were trying to better their lives at the same time It wouldnt be enough for Steinbeck to simply write this story in very plain terms as anyone could have simply logged an account of events and published it Critics have argued however that Steinbeck was too artificial in his ways of trying to gain some respect for the migrants Regardless of the critical opinions John Steinbeck utilized symbolism as a forum to convey the hardships and attitudes of the citizens of America during the 1930s in his book The Grapes of Wrath The first aspect of the novel that must be looked at when viewing the symbolic nature is that of the characters created by Steinbeck and how even the smallest facets of their person lead to a much larger meaning The first goal that Steinbeck had in mind was to appeal to the common Midwesterner at that time The best way to go about doing this was to focus on one of the two things that nearly all migrants had in common which was religion and hardships Steinbeck creates a story about the journey of a family and mirrors it to that of biblical events The entire family in themselves were like the Israelites They too flee from oppression wander through the wilderness of hardships seeking their own Promised Land Shockley 91 Unfortunately although the Israelites were successful the Joads never really found what they could consider to be a promised land They were never lucky enough
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