The “Grapes of Wrath” is an American allegory of human suffering that takes place in a dark period of the history of our nation, brought on by the Dust Bowl migration from Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas, during the 1930s and the depression. People experience this tragedy in different ways. The landowner who had to remove the families was torn in turmoil; Steinbeck writes, “ Some of the owner men were kind because they hated what they had to do and some of them were angry because they hated to be cruel, and some of them were cold because they had long ago found that one could not be an owner unless one were cold.” Others found ways to be apathe...
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... of humility, compassion, and sacrifice for each other? Or will life spent on earth be selfish, hurtful, and prideful without regard for fellow man. Steinbeck makes us examine our own heart and look into own soul.
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath. New York,NY: Penguin Group, 2006. Print.
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