realism in grapes of wrath

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Digital Note Taking Step 2: Topic Realism in The Grapes of Wrath Step 3: Works Cited Information Spangler, Jason. "We're on a road to nowhere: Steinbeck, Kerouac, and the legacy of the great depression." Studies in the Novel . 40.3 (Fall 2008): p308. Literature Resource Center . Gale. Ronald Reagan High School. 24 Mar. 2009 <>. Step 4: Direct Notes The Grapes of Wrath is typically labeled a protest novel written predominately in the vein of American regionalism or realism (tinged, perhaps, with a certain primitivist romanticism). Sometimes using heavy pathos, at others a stark journalistic reportage (as in the intercalary chapters), Steinbeck gives the lie to modern ideas of progress and individual fulfillment. Kerouac's experimental and improvisational novel develops a critique that echoes Steinbeck's masterwork of social consciousness. However the story itself and the narrative of how it was composed both call into question precisely what the novel seemingly strives to celebrate. (1) Kerouac employs the same symbolic lexicon found in The Grapes of Wrath , with the language of the young hipster replacing the vernacular of the dispossessed (and comparatively naive) southerner. Moreover, the rather disjointed and impressionistic narrative structure of On the Road might seem to create a philosophical gap where only a stylistic lacuna exists. As does Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath , Kerouac articulates a space wherein ideas of agency and possibility in the first half of the American Century are examined as well as a space in which many of the assumptions of modernism are challenged. Ultimately, Kerouac's objective is, like Steinbeck's, a critique of the modern condition. These authors delineate cultural roads that lead at best to ennui and discontent, at worst to utter demoralization and the likelihood of psychic (or even literal) starvation. Whatever their differences in genre, tone and philosophy, when taken together, these novels share some interesting correspondences The Grapes of Wrath continues to be read for its powerful evocation of America's struggle in the 1930s as well as for its enduring humanist message. Yet Steinbeck was strictly an observer of the catastrophes produced by the economic emergency; he and his family never had to concern themselves with winding up in the tenements that proved the fate of the Kerouacs. Charles Shindo describes Steinbeck's courting of a "typically spartan, Bohemian lifestyle" that was more pose than predicament. The author may have presented himself as a starving artist, but the
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2011 for the course HISTORY 1302 taught by Professor Nazzal during the Spring '10 term at HCCS.

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