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Lauren Taranow 4-8-09 Putting Yourself in the Joads’ Shoes John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath , follows a family of farmers who have been driven from their home in Oklahoma to California and are looking for work because of a drought. Although the characters are fictional, the events that occur are all true events. In his article, The Weaknesses of a Great Novel , Harry T. Moore criticizes Steinbeck, saying that the pace moves too slowly and the story never really develops. Moore fails to acknowledge that the slow pace and lack of development of The Grapes of Wrath are due to Steinbeck’s attempt to make the story seem realistic. The slow-moving storyline and lack of excitement in Steinbeck’s novel is included in order to show readers what life is like for families like the Joads. Moore says there are many flaws in this book, including that “the pace stays too slow throughout the novel, so there is no real quickening into a crescendo” (134). Steinbeck keeps the story
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course E 316K taught by Professor Berry during the Spring '09 term at University of Texas.

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