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John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath in 1939 during the Great Depression in reaction to the suffering he saw of people with disadvantages He wrote about Oklahomans that were unable to continue farming because of the disastrous weather conditions Specifically he wrote about the Joad family having to migrate to California Steinbeck wrote the novel from a Marxist point of view Steinbeck is supporting Marxist ideas by depicting the individuality of people involved in capitalism as bourgeoisie owners try to take advantage of those less fortunate The upper class exploits the less fortunate in capitalismAs Steinbeck shows the lives of the Joads he shows how those above them exploit poor people in the capitalist system Although Capitalism is the ideological base of the United States is causes a bad separation between the social classes Parker 5 Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels whom created Marxisms definition of class was different then that of capitalism Marxism is the sharing of resources whereas Capitalism is people making money in a free market economy doing whatever they have to Marxism is a political theory whose main concerns are to expose the political and economical contradictions inherent to capitalism and to point the way towards the establishment of a future Communist society Marxism 1 Marxist tends to divide Capitalist society into two related spheres of influence the economic base and the political and ideological superstructure Those who own and control means of production are powerful in society Marxism 2 Marxism is taught on the principles of class Marxism is based on the theory that class conflict will eventually result in the establishment of a society where the public owns the means of production Adams Capitalism is based on the principle of economic individualism and looking out for your own best interest When people are supporting a capitalist economy they will deceive people for their own gain Steinbeck depicts capitalism as a greedy system that
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