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In The Grapes of Wrath, society was at its lowest point. The setting of the book takes place in the 1930s, around the time that the dust bowl occurred. It was during this time, that the years were very brutal for the tenant farmers, and the land was parched and of no good use. Since the land was no longer suitable for the tenant famers; they were kicked off it. In this classic novel, Steinbeck explained how deprived society had become and how that corruption negatively affected the poor. The poor has nothing at all, nevertheless they are still more caring people than the banks and even the working class. The reason for the downfall of society during this time was because the conflicts with class and with money. Throughout The Grapes of Wrath, many families were struggling to make a living. Steinbeck writes, “There was a family of twelve and they were forced off their land. They had no car. They built a trailer out of junk and loaded it with their possessions” (Steinbeck 165). This family was a big family who now were forced to leave the land and had nowhere else to stay; the banks did not even have sympathy for where they would go or what would happen to them. The higher class (the Banks) had taken everything from the tenant farmers. As Steinbeck alludes to here, “Pa borrowed money from the bank and now they wants the land” (Steinbeck 205). The Joad family had no money, they needed to borrow some. The family could not repay the bank, or even work on the land anymore, the banks wanted to take the land away. This page demonstrates the conflict between class and money. The bank has higher power and is taking away the land from the poor or lower class since they have no money. Some of the wealthy or higher-class people during this... ... middle of paper ... ...s “And all their love was thinned with money and all their fierceness dribbled away in interest until, they were no longer farmers…” (Steinbeck 316). The motives of the rich are always to keep the poor at bay, it is the rich man’s fear of becoming the very thing he loathes that makes him hate the poor, for he is afraid that one day he too could lose everything he has; everything he is and become poor like the people that he oppressed. Why are the poor more caring than the rich, it is because they can appreciate the little that they have, and with that little they are willing to share, it is only then do they feel rich; not the richness of wealth, but the richness of spirit. The rich cannot feel what the poor feel, they know not its depths. The poor are rich in heart, but it is the soul of the rich that are poor. That is what Steinbeck was suggesting in his writing.

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