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Nayman 1 Natalie Nayman Professor Eric Mayer US History 118 05 October 2017 The Grapes of Wrath The Grapes of Wrath, written by John Steinbeck, is a story about how a man named Tom Joad and his family had to struggle greatly during the Great Depression-era. Author John Steinbeck conveys the true level of difficulty during this time by including details that give The Grapes of Wrath it's chilling and informative authenticity. The Great Depression was easily one of the most discouragingly dark times of U.S. history. The Great Depression caused a massive struggle for all American families whether they were working class or not. Families were so desperate for survival they were ready to work as hard as they had to despite horrible working conditions because the workers were, in fact, being harshly exploited. At this point, Lower classes couldn’t help but despise the rich for their greedy behavior while the rich felt that the poor took advantage. Tensions were building and families were being ruined, people were giving up, many were even dying, but with those tensions came people’s demand for change which brought about The Labor Movement. The Grapes of Wrath begins at a farm in Oklahoma during the Great Depression where people were discouraged at the sight of witnessing their crops die due to drought and heat. Steinbeck describes the heat as being so miserable that the people came out of their homes, smelled the hot stinging air, and had to cover their noses from it(Steinbeck 2). Within this setting, Steinbeck begins the story of a man named Tom Joad who was released after serving a 4-year prison sentence for manslaughter. Things start to get interesting when Tom is released from jail.
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Nayman 2 Tom’s newfound freedom was just the beginning of what he was about to experience. Tom’s story begins when he makes the decision to hitchhike with what he discovered to be a very nosy trucker. Tom Joad had been in prison for some time but was still aware of the conflict that was occurring between different classes and so he attempted to use that knowledge to his advantage. Tom instigated using that existing tension between the rich and poor classes by telling the trucker to be a good man and defy the rules his boss had for him just because his boss was rich (Steinbeck 7). Tom went as far as to try and relate to the trucker with attempts to show him that they were on the same end of a poor manipulated class; always being controlled by someone richer and more powerful than they are. Tom was finally refocused when the trucker let out news on the drive that Tom’s family farm was most likely taken away by the banks that had been after many people’s land and homes. Tom finally reached the town where his family lived and drank whiskey as he watched the truck driver drive away with plans to continue through town until reaching the farm. Tom encounters a familiar face when he is recognized by Jim Casy, who is Tom’s childhood preacher.
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