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Steinbeck once stated The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true Steinbeck was a writer that used literary tools that created a certain atmospheric illusion that focused on showing the corruption and destruction in the world especially in California during the time period of the 1930s The most popular book written by him to show these evils was the 1939 novel Grapes of Wrath The novel was about a familys journey from Oklahoma to California in search of a better way of life The family revolves around Tom Joad an ex-convict who got of jail and was on parole The Joad family was evicted from their farm in Oklahoma because they could not afford to pay their bank loan As they move across the great western states they suffer much discrimination The Joad family believed that once they got to California they would find jobs and settle down They did not realize however that hundreds of thousands of other families went to California in search of jobs also When they arrived the Joads are forced to accept horrible wages and live in terrible conditions Steinbeck Steinbeck using specific literary devices exaggerated these turmoil events These devices heighten the awareness and made the story more enjoyable to the general public in the 1930s and 40s who did not know what happened to the Okies in that time period Schorer 2 In Steinbecks novel The Grapes of Wrath he uses motifs symbols and allusions to get across the agony and sorrow of the people traveling to California during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s An allusion is a literary device that alludes to a past event which Steinbeck uses constantly to express the point of repression on the Okies At the end of the story Uncle John did an action that would hopefully
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