Grapes of Wrath

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Grapes of Wrath

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck took an interesting point of view to America’s Dust Bowl and Westward movement. It is extremely hard to differentiate from condemning America and telling it like it is. When it becomes hard to tell that’s when I look at who eyes he wrote the story through, the poor. With this thought alone the tone was set instantly that Steinbeck was condemning America, however he showed the glimpses of light that celebrated the people of America. Steinbeck’s writing style gave away the stance he took on America the first few chapters. Steinbeck told the same story in two ways. The chapters alternated with the reality of all families moving westward and the specific struggles of the Joads. As he told the reality of the dust and families struggles he chose descriptive words that depicted the pain and tragedy of the Okies situation. He used gruesome language between the characters and showed the coldness and darkness of cops, owners, and tractors. The author did a good job of setting the tone for the entire 619 pages of the book. As I have mentioned the tone of the story was set from the beginning and stayed consistent throughout the story. After the dust storm was described Steinbeck told of a story of a tractor coming to tear down innocent people homes. The protagonist character argued and bargained for his family’s home. In response the tractor driver responded with sayings such as “Its not us. It’s the monster” or “the bank-the monster has to have profits at all time.” The arguments being made by the men tearing down homes spoke of a nation ran by money and the rich who could care less about the poor and their land if there was no use for them or their crops. Steinbeck showed the cruelty and power of American society with this introduction. As the book continued more glimpses were shown as he told of the thousands of people moving west with nothing and living in situations like “Hoovervilles”. The Joads had been in...
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