Grapes of Wrath History
John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath in response to the life of the people that lived in Oklahoma and traveled west to California. This book, which was written during the end of the dirty thirties, is filled with anger and hatred related to the dust bowl and the great depression times. Steinbeck strived for this novel to be his best he had ever written. He spent months researching how the people were treated during these times in order to enhance the emotions of the times. He desired to make sure that every detail he put in the book was true and relatable to the times. Steinbeck went to California in the late 1930’s. While he was there he decided to write this novel about the dust bowl and great depression migrants, and it remains an accurate description of great depression migrants who found themselves without options and opportunity, which caught the attention of many people. The Great Depression caused many people to lose their jobs in Northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska. Due to the loss of jobs people were forced to migrate west to California. It became very difficult for many migrants to find jobs and even places to live. They were paid little to nothing in wages, and were being watched and controlled in all the camps. If the people did anything wrong at these camps they were hurt by the men who policed the area. Steinbeck wanted to write this book because he wanted to show how the people coped with their troubles on their travels. For example, in the book a family moved from camp to camp just because they could not afford to live the camps due to the lack of jobs. In the article, “Steinbeck’s Use of Nonfiction Sources in The Grapes of Wrath,” Steinbeck states “I tried to write this book the way lives are being lived not the way books are written.” I believe this to mean he really wanted to capture the lives of the migrant people in full detail to explain to the reader exactly how it would have felt to...
Cited: “The Grapes of Wrath.” npr.org. 25 Feb. 2002. n.pag. 1-3.
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