Analysis Of Black Blizzard And John Steinbeck's Grapes Of Wrath

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During the great depression, the midwest underwent a long drought. Exposed dry earth swept away with the wind and caused huge dust storms that prolonged the dry weather. With the lowered selling prices and the lack of crops the farmers had some major economic trouble. In Black Blizzard and John Steinbeck 's Grapes of Wrath, the literature develops the ideas of the poor distribution of wealth within the populations and the social aspects of people of different economic class. Social differences arise in the wealthy, the employed, and the unemployed throughout this period of hardship. The differences of each economic class show the boundaries of how far people sympathise with those with nothing. When families fail to keep their land in economic hardship, people become more compassionate to one…show more content…
“I” shows selfishness so the realization of a community allows people to think for each other. This shows in many instances throughout the people’s struggles. When a property forecloses, Black Blizzard comments on how farmers would bid really low during the farm auctions in order to let the the owners have a chance to buy back their homes. Bidding really low allows the buying price to stay low so the farmer could gather some money to buy it back. This compassion shows the connection and sympathy these farmers, who experience similar problems, have towards one another. These farmers helped out and helped keep each other going in the harsh times, despite a lack of money. In the Grapes of Wrath, the farmers don 't always have the benefit of a helping hand. People sell what little they can to prepare for moving out. As they sell their belongings for really low prices they say “we could saved you, but you cut us down, and soon you will be cut down and there’ll be none of us to save you” (Steinbeck 87). The farmers know others will experience similar circumstances and know that they could have helped one another, showing understanding of another’s troubles

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