Steinbeck Grapes of Wrath

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What is the difference between the time period of the Great Depression and now? The economy was bad and there were terrible natural disasters, very much like the world today. John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, is written about the Joad family. Although it is a fictional story the event in the book really did happen to many families during that time period. The Joad family lived on a farm in Oklahoma where the dust bowl was taking place. The Joads lost their home due to lack of money caused by the dry land and are forced to travel to California in search of work. Throughout the entire book Steinbeck continually brings up the oversoul. The oversoul is everybody helping everybody and everybody working together. Today we have multiple natural disasters that are forcing people to leave their home such as the Illinois river flooding. Steinbeck would try and use this natural disaster as a learning tool for the people in todays society and relate it to the oversoul. Steinbeck would be disgusted to know that people are still being selfish and only looking out for themselves when they are all in the same situation. Steinbeck would hate knowing that people still are only looking out for themselves. In The Grapes of Wrath, the Joad family is staying in a boxcar when a storm comes that floods the area. Recently in Illinois the Illinois river flooded. In both situations it seems as though everyone is looking out for themselves. “Roland Gudat spent much of Tuesday afternoon on his porch swing, looking out with marvel toward the Illinois River that had swamped houses down the street but largely spared his home of 46 years. The 73-year-old said he had pumped hundreds of gallons of water from his basement” (Illinois River floodwaters top 70-year record: ‘That’s our nightmare’). This quote would upset Steinbeck. The man has the pump that could help everybody else who has a flooded basement, yet the man only sits and watches them suffer. In the book Steinbeck...
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