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Kochis 1 Holly Kochis Instructor Burge English 11 B 02 November 2016 The Effect of The Great Depression on American Literature The Great Depression had a large effect on American Literature writers during the early 1900’s period; writers expressed their hopelessness and uncertainty in their works most likely due to the great economic stress put upon Americans during this era. As hard as the Great Depression was on the Nation, it brought most Americans closer and helped them to learn a valuable lesson. The Great Depression influenced America as a whole greatly. More specifically it shaped American literature, it brought Americans closer, and it led to many works being published. As a whole, the Great Depression affected America as a nation in a brutal way, but it affected American literature in a prestigious way. Many novels and short stories were published during this era due to the Great Depression. People felt the need to express themselves in their time of despair, so they turned to writing. The well known novel, The Grapes of Wrath , was published around the end of the Great Depression in 1939, and written by John Steinbeck. According to Sharon Linde, The Grapes of Wrath started a movement to change laws regarding farm laborers. This shows how the Great Depression inspired Steinbeck to write this novel. Since he was inspired to write this novel, many others most likely were inspired too, which changed American literature in many ways. “The Great Depression had a profound affect on literature.” says MK
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