He has been characterized variously as an advocate of socialist-style solutions to the depredations of capitalism, a champion of individualism, a dabbler in sociobiology, and a naturalist.
It scares the poop out of me because, my fellow Americans, we are repeating history.
If live anywhere else read it as well as a guide for what not to do. In the Grapes of Wrath Mr. Steinbeck tells the tale of the first great depression through the Joad family from Oklahoma, who has been displaced from their family farm through no fault of their own.
You see, there was a big bad drought which made farming impossible. In those days the family farm fed the family and what they had left over they sold. Then crop failure, drought, and flood were no longer little deaths within life, but simple losses of money.
And all their love was thinned with money, and all their fierceness dribbled away in interest until they were no longer farmers at all, but little shopkeepers of crops, little manufacturers who must sell before they can make. Then those farmers who were not good shopkeepers lost their land to good shopkeepers.
No matter how clever, how loving a man might be with earth and growing things, he could not survive if he were not also a good shopkeeper.
And as time went on, the business men had the farms, and the farms grew larger, but there were fewer of them.
Put them on the streets, children and elderly and all……. Poor people are less than. From California came hand bills, pamphlets promising jobs and urging the homeless to drag their whole lives via barely moving junk heaps to the golden state where grapes grew in bunches by the side of the road.
What choice did they have? They drove across deserts and mountains, losing loved ones along the way, they answered those hand bills in droves. What else could they do? What happened when they got to California?
They were called Okies and shitheals and were looked down upon. As if they were just lazy and all it would take to get out of poverty was to get a job……but there were no fucking jobs. The owners sent out more handbills then they needed to. Because the more men begging for a job the less the owners would have to pay them.
The greedy sons a bitches wanted to pay as little as possible, and that is exactly what they did. The Okies did not have a union of course. And that companion fact: And the little screaming fact that sounds through all history: The great owners ignored the three cries of history.
The land fell into fewer hands, the number of the dispossessed increased, and every effort of the great owners was directed at repression.
The money was spent for arms, for gas to protect the great holdings, and spies were sent to catch the murmuring of revolt so that it might be stamped out. The changing economy was ignored, plans for the change ignored; and only means to destroy revolt were considered, while the causes of revolt went on.
That is , people, people. Pray God some day a kid can eat. And the associations of owners knew that some day the praying would stop.The Grapes of Wrath - Ebook written by John Steinbeck.
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During the Dust Bowl Era, three generations of the Joad family set out on the road, seeking a decent life in fertile California and joining thousands of others bound by an experience that transforms them from "I" . Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece.
Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land/5(K). The Grapes of Wrath is an American realist novel written by John Steinbeck and published in The book won the National Book Award  and Pulitzer Prize  for fiction, and it was cited prominently when Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in Publisher: The Viking Press-James Lloyd.
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The rock of the family, Ma . John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck portrayed the awakening of a man’s conscience dealing with his troubling trials throughout the novel. The character that goes through this monumental change is Tom Joad, son of two tenant farmers from Oklahoma.